Immune System


  • HBV Exposure Matures Infants' Immune Systems
    A Singapore led study has shown that hepatitis B virus (HBV) exposure increases the immune system maturation of infants, which may give a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life. These findings radically modify the way that HBV vertical ...More
    March 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • NIH Researchers Develop Database on Healthy Immune System
    An extensive database identifying immune traits, such as how immune cell function is regulated at the genetic level in healthy people, is reported by researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their collaborators in the journal Cell. While many genetic ...More
    March 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • 'Energetic' Immune Cells are Vital for Fighting Disease
    A good immune system relies on a key 'energy producing' protein in immune cells to develop immunity to vaccines and disease, an international team of scientists has found. The protein, called HuR (human antigen R) is critical for controlling metabolism in B cells, which ...More
    March 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • A High-Salt Diet Could Protect Against Invading Microbes
    Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a study published by Cell Press March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt could have a biological ...More
    March 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • La Jolla Institute Scientists Reveal Dual Role for T Cell Factor
    When fighting chronic viral infections or cancers, a key division of the immune system, known as CD8 T cells, sometimes loses its ability to effectively fight foreign invaders. Overcoming so-called T cell exhaustion is crucial to treating persistent infections but the ...More
    February 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • UTSW Researchers Find New Mechanism That Controls Immune Responses
    UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a common signaling mechanism to produce interferon, one of the main proteins used to signal the immune system when the body needs to defend itself against a virus, tumor or other diseases. The findings are important ...More
    February 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Research Sheds Light on the Body's Defense Systems
    Researchers have uncovered a sieve-like structure in lymph nodes that regulates the transport of proteins and migration of white blood cells into lymph nodes. The discovery, made by scientists working at the University of Turku in Finland, will provide new insights into ...More
    February 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Skin-Based Immunity Secrets Revealed
    A team of international scientists has discovered a new mechanism by which immune cells in the skin function as the body's "border control," revealing how these cells sense whether lipid or fat-like molecules might indicate the presence of foreign invaders. The findings ...More
    February 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Shows How Immune Cells Hone Their Skills to Fight Disease
    The last time you were in the doctor’s office for a vaccine booster shot, did you wonder why you needed one? Exactly how booster shots offer long-term protection from viruses has long been a mystery to scientists. Now, a new study from scientists at The Scripps ...More
    February 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Train Immune System to Spot and Destroy Cure-Defying Mutant HIV
    Luring dormant HIV out of hiding and destroying its last cure-defying holdouts has become the holy grail of HIV eradication, but several recent attempts to do so have failed. Now the findings of a Johns Hopkins-led study reveal why that is and offer a strategy that could ...More
    January 8, 2015 Posted in News