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Immune System

  • Novel Role for Spleen B Cells in Inflammatory Response to Bacterial Toxins
    The inability to adequately respond to infection can cause a whole-body state of inflammation known as sepsis. This can eventually lead to systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), and even death. White blood cells known as B lymphocytes (B cells) produce antibodies ...More
    May 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Molecular Mechanism for Generating Specific Antibody Responses
    Follicular helper T cells (Tfh cells), a rare type of T cells, are indispensable for the maturation of antibody-producing B cells. They promote the proliferation of B cells that produce highly selective antibodies against invading pathogens while weeding out those that ...More
    May 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • Gut Microbiomes of Infants Have an Impact on Autoimmunity
    Exposure to pathogens early in life is beneficial to the education and development of the human immune system. Over the past few decades, the healthcare community has observed an intriguing phenomenon: diseases related to the immune system -- type 1 diabetes, and other ...More
    April 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • Newly Identified Host Defense Mechanism Protects Cells From Viral Infection
    A new study to understand why viral particles tend to accumulate in a specific location around a cell's nucleus in the first several hours after viral infection has shown this phenomenon to be a novel defense mechanism used by cells to block nuclear entry and limit the ...More
    April 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Research Explains Why HIV is Not Cleared by the Immune System
    Scientists at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have identified a human (host) protein that weakens the immune response to HIV and other viruses. The findings, published today in Cell Host ...More
    April 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Multiple Tattoos Can Strengthen Your Immunological Responses
    Receiving multiple tattoos can strengthen your immunological responses, potentially making you heartier in fighting off common infections, according to research by a trio of University of Alabama scholars. However, receiving a single tattoo can, at least temporarily, lower ...More
    March 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immune Factor Allows Viral Infections to Become Chronic
    Many viral diseases tend to become chronic - including infections with the HI virus. In persons affected, the immune response is not sufficient to eliminate the virus permanently. Scientists at the University of Bonn have now identified an immune factor which is partially ...More
    March 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immune System Compound Combats Respiratory Syncytial Virus
    Babies at risk of a serious lung infection could be helped by a therapy based on the body's natural immune defenses. Scientists have found that a compound produced by the body's immune system can kill the virus that causes the disease, known as respiratory syncytial virus ...More
    March 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Influenza Viruses Can Hide From the Immune System
    Influenza is able to mask itself, so that the virus is not initially detected by our immune system. This is the result of new research from Aarhus University. The researchers behind the study hope that the discovery can be used to develop better treatment against influenza ...More
    February 23, 2016 Posted in News
  • The Human Immune System is Shaped by Family and Household
    Raising a child together has a greater effect on your immune system than the seasonal flu vaccine or travelers' gastroenteritis, a study by researchers at VIB and KU Leuven in Belgium and the Babraham Institute in the UK has found. The research took a detailed look at the ...More
    February 15, 2016 Posted in News