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  • Study Shows How HIV Breaches Macrophage Defenses, Could Be Step Toward a Cure
    A team led by UCL researchers has identified how HIV is able to infect macrophages, a type of white blood cell integral to the immune system, despite the presence of a protective protein. They discovered a treatment that can maintain macrophage defenses which could be a key ...More
    January 25, 2017 Posted in News
  • UNC School of Medicine Researchers Prove HIV Targets Tissue Macrophages
    Investigators in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have clearly demonstrated that HIV infects and reproduces in macrophages, large white blood cells found in the liver, brain and connective tissues of the body. This ...More
    March 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Iron Regulators Join the War on Pathogens
    Proteins responsible for controlling levels of iron in the body also play an important role in combatting infection, according to a study published today in Cell Host & Microbe. Humans -- along with all living organisms, including pathogens -- need iron to survive: ...More
    July 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • How the Immune System Controls the Human Biological Clock in Times of Infection
    An important link between the human body clock and the immune system has relevance for better understanding inflammatory and infectious diseases, discovered collaborators at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Trinity College, Dublin. In a ...More
    May 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • How a Deadly Fungus Evades the Immune System
    New research from the University of Toronto has scientists re-thinking how a lethal fungus grows and kills immune cells. The study hints at a new approach to therapy for Candida albicans, one of the most common causes of bloodstream infections. Previously, scientists ...More
    March 31, 2015 Posted in News
  • 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
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