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Immune System

  • A High-Salt Diet Could Protect Against Invading Microbes
    Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a study published by Cell Press March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt could have a biological ...More
    March 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • La Jolla Institute Scientists Reveal Dual Role for T Cell Factor
    When fighting chronic viral infections or cancers, a key division of the immune system, known as CD8 T cells, sometimes loses its ability to effectively fight foreign invaders. Overcoming so-called T cell exhaustion is crucial to treating persistent infections but the ...More
    February 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • UTSW Researchers Find New Mechanism That Controls Immune Responses
    UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a common signaling mechanism to produce interferon, one of the main proteins used to signal the immune system when the body needs to defend itself against a virus, tumor or other diseases. The findings are important ...More
    February 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Research Sheds Light on the Body's Defense Systems
    Researchers have uncovered a sieve-like structure in lymph nodes that regulates the transport of proteins and migration of white blood cells into lymph nodes. The discovery, made by scientists working at the University of Turku in Finland, will provide new insights into ...More
    February 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Skin-Based Immunity Secrets Revealed
    A team of international scientists has discovered a new mechanism by which immune cells in the skin function as the body's "border control," revealing how these cells sense whether lipid or fat-like molecules might indicate the presence of foreign invaders. The findings ...More
    February 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Shows How Immune Cells Hone Their Skills to Fight Disease
    The last time you were in the doctor’s office for a vaccine booster shot, did you wonder why you needed one? Exactly how booster shots offer long-term protection from viruses has long been a mystery to scientists. Now, a new study from scientists at The Scripps ...More
    February 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Train Immune System to Spot and Destroy Cure-Defying Mutant HIV
    Luring dormant HIV out of hiding and destroying its last cure-defying holdouts has become the holy grail of HIV eradication, but several recent attempts to do so have failed. Now the findings of a Johns Hopkins-led study reveal why that is and offer a strategy that could ...More
    January 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Technique Reveals Immune Cell Motion Through Variety of Tissues
    Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system’s all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in the cellular and biochemical composition. Researchers from Brown ...More
    December 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify New and Beneficial Function of Endogenous Retroviruses in Immune Response
    Retroviruses are best known for causing contagious scourges such as AIDS, or more sporadically, cancer. But researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, found that endogenous retroviruses (ERV) also play a critical role in ...More
    December 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How Staph Infections Elude the Immune System
    A potentially lethal bacterium protects itself by causing immune tunnel vision, according to a study from scientists at the University of Chicago published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. By tricking the immune system into focusing on one bug-associated factor, the ...More
    October 27, 2014 Posted in News