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Immune System


  • Researcher Identifies New Target to Prevent Fatal Flu Lung Complication
    Research led by Dr. Jay Kolls, professor and chairman of genetics at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has identified a therapeutic target for acute lung injury resulting in acute respiratory distress syndrome, a highly fatal complication of influenza infection. The ...More
    September 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Probes How Cells Fight Pathogens
    Scientists have deciphered a key molecular circuit that enables the body to distinguish viruses from bacteria and other microbes, providing a deep view of how immune cells in mammals fend off different pathogens. The new research, which appears in the Sept. 3 advance online ...More
    September 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Friendly Gut Bacteria Lend a Hand to Fight Infection
    Immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that bacteria present in the human gut help initiate the body’s defense mechanisms against Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is generally a mild infection, ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • First Human Gets New Antibody Aimed at Hepatitis C Virus
    Building upon a series of successful preclinical studies, researchers at MassBiologics of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) today announced the beginning of a Phase 1 clinical trial, testing the safety and activity of a human monoclonal antibody they ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Current Hepatitis C Treatments Work Equally Well
    The three treatment combinations for clearing the most common form of the hepatitis C virus work equally well with similar side effects, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers and their colleagues in 13 other institutions have found. Hepatitis C affects nearly 4 million ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Key to Strengthening Immune Response to Chronic Infection
    A team of researchers from The Wistar Institute has identified a protein that could serve as a target for reprogramming immune system cells exhausted by exposure to chronic viral infection into more effective "soldiers" against certain viruses like HIV, hepatitis C, and ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Zinc Research Suggests Novel Therapeutic Targets
    Everyone knows that vitamins "from A to zinc" are important for good health. Now, a new research study in the August 2009 print issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that zinc may be pointing the way to new therapeutic targets for fighting infections. ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Capture Bacterial Infection on Film
    Researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to make a movie of bacteria infecting their living host.While  most studies of bacterial infection are done after the death of the infected organism, this system developed by scientists at the University of ...More
    July 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Eliminating Cell Receptor Prevents Infection in Animal Study
    New research from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia sheds light on the role of cell receptors in acting as gatekeepers for infectious viruses. By using mice genetically engineered to lack a particular receptor in heart and pancreas cells, the study team prevented ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Genetic Trigger for Disease-Fighting Antibodies
    A research team led by the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology has identified the specific gene which triggers the body to produce disease-fighting antibodies -- a seminal finding that clarifies the exact molecular steps taken by the body to mount an antibody ...More
    July 16, 2009 Posted in News