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Immune System

  • E-cigarette Vapor Boosts Superbugs and Dampens Immune System
    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System report data suggesting that e-cigarettes are toxic to human airway cells, suppress immune defenses and alter inflammation, while at the same time ...More
    January 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Neurons in Our Gut Help the Immune System Keep Inflammation in Check
    The immune system exercises constant vigilance to protect the body from external threats--including what we eat and drink. A careful balancing act plays out as digested food travels through the intestine. Immune cells must remain alert to protect against harmful pathogens ...More
    January 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immune System Maintains a Memory of Past Infections by Priming Genes for Future Encounters
    Our ability to fight off recurrent infections, such as a colds or flu, may lie in the ‘immunological memory’ found in a newly discovered class of gene regulatory elements, according to research from the University of Birmingham, supported by the BBSRC and ...More
    January 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immunity Genes Could Protect Some From E. coli While Others Fall Ill
    When a child comes home from preschool with a stomach bug that threatens to sideline the whole family for days, why do some members of the family get sick while others are unscathed? According to a Duke Health study published January 19 in the Journal of Infectious ...More
    January 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Innate Immune Defenses Triggered by Unsuspected Mechanism
    To the amazement of researchers in immunology and genetics, a previously unsuspected mechanism is activated in the presence of pathogens after only a few hours. "In the hours following an attack by bacteria, we observed the activation of thousand of genes in the cells of ...More
    January 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Reveal Mechanisms of How Body Remembers, Fights Infections
    Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have found a potential way to influence long-term memory formation in the immune system. The researchers published their results today in Nature Communications. "We've found that the inherent flexibility of the ...More
    January 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Body Tightly Controls Inflammatory Response to Pathogens
    The body can control inflammatory response triggered by invasions of microbial pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, a discovery that could lead to the development of new therapeutic agents for uncontrolled inflammation, according to researchers at Georgia State ...More
    December 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • Surfing DNA: Enzyme Catches a Ride to Fight Infection
    Scientists have shown for the first time that an enzyme crucial to keeping our immune system healthy “surfs” along the strands of DNA inside our cells. The researchers used extremely powerful microscopy to watch how the enzyme AID (activation-induced ...More
    December 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Discovery Explains Why We Do Not Constantly Become Ill Despite Viruses and Bacteria
    New research breaks with existing knowledge about how our immune system works. Experiments at Aarhus University have shown how the body mobilizes a previously unknown defense against viruses and bacteria. This also explains why we do not constantly get ill despite the ...More
    December 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Immune Cells Make Appendix the Silent Hero of Digestive Health
    New research shows a network of immune cells helps the appendix to play a pivotal role in maintaining the health of the digestive system, supporting the theory that the appendix isn't a vestigial -- or redundant -- organ. The research team, a collaborative partnership ...More
    November 30, 2015 Posted in News