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Immune System


  • 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
  • Researchers Map How Staph Infections Alter Immune System
    Infectious disease specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have mapped the gene profiles of children with severe Staphylococcus aureus infections, providing crucial insight into how the human immune system is programmed to respond to this pathogen and opening new ...More
    July 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Leading Pathogen in Newborns Can Suppress Immune Cell Function
    Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a bacterial pathogen that causes sepsis and meningitis in newborn infants, is able to shut down immune cell function in order to promote its own survival, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and ...More
    July 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Finding the Constant in Bacterial Communication
    The Rosetta Stone of bacterial communication may have been found. Although they have no sensory organs, bacteria can get a good idea about what's going on in their neighborhood and communicate with each other, mainly by secreting and taking in chemicals from their ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Influenza Virus in 1918 and Today
    The influenza virus that wreaked worldwide havoc in 1918-1919 founded a viral dynasty that persists to this day, according to scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In an article published online yesterday by the New England ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Risk of TB from Arthritis Medication Examined
    Treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents is recognized as a risk factor for tuberculosis (TB) in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. Most ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News