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Immune System

  • Researchers Map Genome-Wide Changes That Drive T Cell Maturation and Exhaustion
    In a bid to better understand the gene expression patterns that control T cell activity, researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology mapped genome-wide changes in chromatin accessibility as T cells respond to acute and chronic virus infections. Their ...More
    December 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Important Element of Immune Defense Against Fungal Infections is Discovered
    Fungal infections are a serious health risk. They can be harmful especially to patients whose immune system is compromised through illness or chemotherapy. A team working at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered an important mechanism in the body's ...More
    December 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How the Immune System Targets TB
    Every 18 seconds someone dies from tuberculosis (TB). It is the world's most deadly infectious disease. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of TB, has infected more than one-third of the entire human population with an annual death toll of approximately 1.5 ...More
    December 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • UTMB Researchers Discover How Ebola Disables the Immune System
    A new study from researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston sheds light on how Ebola so effectively disables the human immune system. Virologist Alex Bukreyev, UTMB professor and senior author of the study, said the research team engineered versions ...More
    December 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immune System Cells Cause Severe Malaria Complication in Mouse Model
    Immune system cells known as cytotoxic T cells attack blood vessels and cause fatal swelling in the brains of mice with a condition that mirrors a severe complication of malaria in humans. These are the findings of a new study published in PLOS Pathogens. ...More
    December 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Research Team Discovers a Pathogen's Motility Triggers Immune Response
    Until now, a pathogen's ability to move through the body has been overlooked as a possible trigger of immune response, but new research from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine found that motility will indeed alarm the host and activate an immune ...More
    December 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Shows That Social Status Affects the Immune System and Response to Infection
    Social status is one of the most important factors in predicting the risk of disease and mortality in humans and other social mammals. A new study by the University of Montreal, Duke University and Emory University published in Science reveals that low social status alone ...More
    November 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C Virus Tricks Liver Cells to Sabotage Immune Defenses
    The virus that causes hepatitis C protects itself by blocking signals that call up immune defenses in liver cells, according to University of Washington researchers and colleagues reporting Nov. 14 in Nature Medicine. "The finding helps explain why many patients fail ...More
    November 17, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Explores How Immune System Functions During Sleep
    A new study sheds light on how the immune system replenishes itself during sleep. Researchers found that some subsets of T cells are reduced from the bloodstream during sleep when risk of infection is low. The article is published in the American Journal of ...More
    November 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • Mobilizing the Immune System to Fight Viruses
    Last week marked the 20th anniversary of professors Doherty and Zinkernagel's Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries concerning the immune system. Twenty years on, and Monash University-based researchers are making fundamental advances in how our immune system functions. ...More
    October 21, 2016 Posted in News