Immune System


  • Insights Into How TB Tricks the Immune System Could Help Combat the Disease
    Researchers have identified a potential way to manipulate the immune system to improve its ability to fight off tuberculosis (TB). TB is a major problem for both humans and cattle and the new findings could help scientists to create better drugs to combat the disease in ...More
    October 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Flu Virus Wipes Out Immune System's First Responders to Establish Infection
    Revealing influenza’s truly insidious nature, Whitehead Institute scientists have discovered that the virus is able to infect its host by first killing off the cells of the immune system that are actually best equipped to neutralize the virus. Confronted with a harmful ...More
    October 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Shows How Staph Toxin Disarms the Immune System
    Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered a new mechanism by which the deadly Staphylococcus aureus bacteria attack and kill off immune cells. Their findings, published today in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, explain a critical survival tactic of a ...More
    October 16, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immune System Discovery Could Lead to EBV Vaccine to Prevent Mononucleosis
    Development of a vaccine against Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has taken a step forward with the Canadian discovery of how EBV infection evades detection by the immune system. EBV causes infectious mononucleosis and cancers such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma and nasopharyngeal ...More
    October 11, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop Model to Study Immune Response to Helicobacter pylori
    Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have developed a new large animal model to study how the immune system interacts with the stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori, the leading cause of peptic ulcer disease. The discovery in the October edition of the ...More
    September 25, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How Immune System Performance is Enhanced
    Melbourne researchers have found that even our immune system is subject to performance enhancement, giving immune cells the boost they need to ensure the best team is selected to fight infections. The discovery could help in developing new treatments for blood diseases such ...More
    September 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Novel Mechanism Discovered in First Line of Immune Defense
    Scientists from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) have discovered a new defense mechanism that the immune system utilizes to combat infections. The team’s discovery of how a novel protein unexpectedly activates an ...More
    September 10, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immune System Influences Skin Microbiome, Study Finds
    Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate for the first time that the immune system influences the skin microbiome. A new study found that the skin microbiome – a collection of microorganisms inhabiting the human body – ...More
    August 26, 2013 Posted in News
  • Potent Mechanism Helps Viruses Shut Down Body's Defense System Against Infection
    Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered a powerful mechanism by which viruses such as influenza, West Nile and dengue evade the body's immune response and infect humans with these potentially deadly diseases. The findings may provide ...More
    August 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Helper Cells Aptly Named in Battle with Invading Pathogens
    By tracking the previously unknown movements of a set of specialized cells, Whitehead Institute scientists are shedding new light on how the immune system mounts a successful defense against hostile, ever-changing invaders. Central to the immune response is the activity ...More
    August 9, 2013 Posted in News