Immune System


  • Scientists Identify New Strategy to Fight Deadly Infection in Cystic Fibrosis
    New research suggests that lowering excessive levels of a protein in immune system cells could be a strategy to clear an infection that is deadly to patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Researchers determined that normalizing levels of the protein, called p62, in cells from ...More
    January 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immune Cells Engineered in Lab to Resist HIV Infection, Stanford Study Shows
    Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found a novel way to engineer key cells of the immune system so they remain resistant to infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A new study describes the use of a kind of molecular scissors to cut and ...More
    January 22, 2013 Posted in News
  • Monitoring Immune Function in Children with Flu Reveals Immune Suppression in Non-Survivors
    Investigators from 15 children’s medical centers, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital, observed and evaluated critically ill children with influenza to evaluate the relationships between levels of systemic inflammation, immune function and likelihood to die from the ...More
    January 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • Mature T Cells Can Switch Function to Better Tackle Infection
    The fate of mature T lymphocytes might be a lot more flexible than previously thought. New research from the RIKEN Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) in Japan and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI) in the U.S. shows for the first time that mature ...More
    January 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immunology Research Sheds New Light on Cell Function, Response
    A Kansas State University-led study has uncovered new information that helps scientists better understand the complex workings of cells in the innate immune system. The findings may also lead to new avenues in disease control and prevention. Philip Hardwidge, associate ...More
    January 17, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study the Foot Soldiers of the Immune System
    Researchers at McGill University and the Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have discovered the molecular blueprint behind the IFIT protein. This key protein enables the human immune system to detect viruses and prevent ...More
    January 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Gingivitis Bacteria Manipulate Your Immune System So They Can Thrive in Your Gums
    A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease--Porphyromonas gingivalis--manipulates the body's immune system to disable normal processes that would otherwise destroy it. Specifically, the report ...More
    January 3, 2013 Posted in News
  • First Ever 'Atlas' of T Cells in Human Body Could Lead to New Vaccine Strategies
    By analyzing tissues harvested from organ donors, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have created the first ever “atlas” of immune cells in the human body. Their results provide a unique view of the distribution and function of T lymphocytes in healthy ...More
    December 25, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Age Not a Factor in Immunity to Viruses
    Our immune system does not shut down with age, according to a new study led by McMaster University researchers. A study published in PLOS Pathogens today shows a specialized class of immune cells, known as T cells, can respond to viral infections in an older person with the ...More
    December 14, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Immune Pathway
    Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have now discovered an important mechanism behind one of our most fundamental lines of immune function. The discovery has been published in the Journal of Immunology. In collaboration with colleagues from the U.S. and Turkey, ...More
    November 6, 2012 Posted in News