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  • Breast Cancer Drug Beats Superbug
    Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in ...More
    October 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Frontline Immune Cells Can Travel for Help
    A new Australian study shows that cells which form the bulk of our fast-acting 'innate' immune system behave differently, depending on whether an injury is infected or not. It is well known that paparazzi-like neutrophils swarm to sites of injury within minutes to undertake ...More
    May 14, 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
  • New Technique Reveals Immune Cell Motion Through Variety of Tissues
    Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system’s all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in the cellular and biochemical composition. Researchers from Brown ...More
    December 24, 2014 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
  • Biochemists Find New Treatment Possibilities for Staph Infections, Inflammatory Diseases
    Two Kansas State University biochemists have discovered a family of proteins that could lead to better treatments for Staphylococcus aureus, a pathogenic bacterium that can cause more than 60,000 potentially life-threatening infections each year.   Brian Geisbrecht, ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Novel Population of Neutrophils
    Case Western Reserve University researchers have discovered a novel population of neutrophils, which are the body’s infection control workhorses. These cells have an enhanced microbial killing ability and are thereby better able to control infection. Neutrophils, the ...More
    March 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Knowledge of Drug Mechanism Could Lead to New Treatment of Frequent Bacterial Infections
    Scientists at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)’s Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) have discovered the exact mode of action by plerixafor, a drug commonly prescribed to stimulate immune responses in patients suffering from neutropenia, which causes ...More
    November 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Restoring Appropriate Movement to Immune Cells May Save Seriously Burned Patients, Reduce Sepsis
    Advances in emergency medicine and trauma surgery have had a significant impact on survival of patients in the days immediately after major injuries, including burns. Patients who survive the immediate aftermath of their injuries now are at greatest risk from infections – ...More
    June 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover New Target for Vaccine Development in Abundant Immune Cells
    White blood cells called neutrophils, which are the first line of defense against infection, play an unexpected role by boosting antibody production, according to research led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The findings suggest neutrophils have multiple roles within the ...More
    July 25, 2012 Posted in News
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