• Cell's Recycling Team Helps Sound the Alarm on Pathogens
    Just as households have garbage disposals and recycling bins for getting rid of everyday waste, the cell has its own system for cleaning up unnecessary or defunct components. This process, known as autophagy, is also an efficient method of eliminating unwanted visitors like ...More
    January 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Macrophages Chase Neutrophils Away From Wounds to Resolve Inflammation
    Macrophages are best known for their Pac Man-like ability to gobble up cellular debris and pathogens in order to thwart infection. A new study in the Journal of Cell Biology describes how these immune cells also help resolve inflammation by inducing white blood cells called ...More
    December 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Developing Lifesaving Vaccines in a New Way
    A new method of developing vaccines could point the way forward in the fight against infectious diseases for which traditional vaccination has failed, according to a new Rutgers University study. The method involves training white blood cells that have not previously been ...More
    November 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • War Between Bacteria and Phages Benefits Humans
    In the battle between our immune systems and cholera bacteria, humans may have an unknown ally in bacteria-killing viruses known as phages. In a new study, researchers from Tufts University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners In Health, Haiti's National Public Health ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • OTC Pain Reliever May Restore Immune Function in Old Age
    New research involving mice suggests that the key to more youthful immune function might already be in your medicine cabinet. In a report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology scientists show that macrophages from the lungs of old mice had different responses to ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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
  • TB and Parkinson's Disease Linked by Unique Protein
    A protein at the center of Parkinson’s disease research now also has been found to play a key role in causing the destruction of bacteria that cause tuberculosis, according to scientists led by UC San Francisco microbiologist and tuberculosis expert Jeffery Cox, PhD. The ...More
    September 5, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Depletion of Alveolar Macrophages Linked to Bacterial Super-Infections
    A recent study published in the July issue of the Journal of Immunology helps explain why some humans contract bacterial super-infections like pneumonia with influenza. The research was led by Le Bonheur pediatrician-in-chief Jon McCullers, MD, an infectious disease ...More
    July 22, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Weaken HIV Infection in Immune Cells Using Synthetic Agents
    HIV is notorious for hiding within certain types of cells, where it reproduces at a slowed rate and eventually gives rise to chronic inflammation, despite drug therapy. But researchers at Temple University School of Medicine's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine ...More
    May 2, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Antibiotic is Based on Studies of Phage
    A new broad-spectrum antibiotic, developed jointly by scientists at the Rockefeller University and Astex Pharmaceuticals, has been found to kill a wide range of bacteria, including drug-resistant Staphylococcus bacteria that do not respond to traditional drugs. The ...More
    April 11, 2013 Posted in News
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