Immune System


  • Transplantation Shown to Be Highly Effective in Treating Immune Deficiency in Children
    Babies who are born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) can be successfully treated with a transplant of blood-forming stem cells, according to experts led by Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Richard J. O’Reilly, MD, a pioneer in the development of transplant ...More
    August 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • Key to Aging Immune System is Discovered
    There’s a good reason people over 60 are not donor candidates for bone marrow transplantation. The immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and a UC San Francisco research team now has ...More
    August 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • Potential New Flu Drugs Target Immune Response, Not Virus
    The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity, says Juliet Morrison of the University of ...More
    July 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • Immune Function Predicts Infection Risk Among Child Trauma Patients
    Researchers studying critically ill children with traumatic injuries have identified an immune marker that predicts which patients are likely to develop a hospital-acquired infection. The study, led by clinician-scientists at Nationwide Children's Hospital and published ...More
    July 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Unsuspected Aspect of Immune Regulation is Revealed
    A discovery by Australian immunologists, uncovering an additional role for antibody-making B cells, is considered important enough by the American Association of Immunologists to rank it among the top 10 percent of articles in the latest issue of the Journal of ...More
    July 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover 'Invisibility Cloak' for Immune Cells
    The various cells in the immune system have to protect themselves from one another so that they don’t kill each other. Immune biologist Annette Oxenius and her team from ETH Zurich have now discovered a previously unknown mechanism that immune cells use to protect ...More
    June 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Molecule Regulates Production of Antibacterial Agent Used by Immune Cells
    Researchers have discovered how a protein molecule in immune cells promotes the production of nitric oxide, a potent weapon in the cells’ arsenal to defend the body from bacterial attack. The protein may offer a target for reining in the inflammatory response, which ...More
    June 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • TB Dogma Upended: Even Uninfected Cells Trigger Immune Defenses
    Experimenting with mice, infectious disease experts at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that immune system cells uninfected with the bacterium that causes tuberculosis trigger immune system T cells to fight the disease. The findings upend the long-held scientific ...More
    June 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Dormant Viruses Re-Emerge in Patients with Lingering Sepsis, Signaling Immune Suppression
    A provocative study links prolonged episodes of sepsis — a life-threatening infection and leading cause of death in hospitals — to the reactivation of otherwise dormant viruses in the body. In healthy people, such latent viruses are kept in check by the immune ...More
    June 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Periodontal Bacteria Selectively Disarm Immune System, Penn Study Finds
    The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and often helpful, keeping disease-causing microbes at bay. But, when disturbances knock these bacterial populations out of ...More
    June 11, 2014 Posted in News