Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University are on it. [They explore] an innovative approach which helps the body’s immune system target the evasive virus. “The researchers found that cytomegalovirus or CMV, a common virus already carried by a large percentage of the population, may hold the key. Their studies in the non-human primate model [...]
Researchers have found that regulatory T cells that infiltrate tumors express proteins that can be targeted with therapeutic antibodies.
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Breast cancer cells release a particular protein, which was previously thought to promote the spread of the disease. Drugs against the protein however, were not an effective treatment, and new research suggests that they may have a completely different role. Scientists have reported evidence that the proteins can actually function as a target for the... [Continue Reading]
The study reveals a surprising coordination between two fundamental body systems, the immune and the hematopoietic. The study has implications for the understanding of metastasis, because malignant stem cells involved in tumor formation could take advantage of this mechanism.
Plants have evolved unique and sophisticated immune systems to defend themselves against insects and pathogens. Plant hormones called jasmonates play an important role in this defense, but jasmonates have been found to also be important for plant growth. Show More Summary
Feeling anxious before a shot can make vaccinations significantly more potent: From an evolutionary perspective, the fact that short-term stress revs up the immune system makes sense. Consider a gazelle fleeing a lioness. Once the gazelle’s eyes and ears alert its brain to the threat, certain brain regions immediately activate the famous fight-or-flight response, sending […]
The San Diego Padres traditionally have been known to draft well and maintain an excellent farm system. It’s no surprise they currently boast the sixth-best farm system, according to ESPN’s Keith Law. However, they aren’t immune to letting a few slip through the cracks. Show More Summary
Bacteria resistant to the antibiotic colistin are also commonly resistant to antimicrobial substances made by the human body, according to a study in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Cross-resistance...Show More Summary
PHILADELPHIA - The human gut is loaded with commensal bacteria – "good" microbes that, among other functions, help the body digest food. The gastrointestinal tract contains literally trillions of such cells, and yet the immune system seemingly turns a blind eye. Show More Summary
Australian researchers have isolated an immune system cell in salamanders which helps it regenerate missing limbs and damaged organs — and they suspect the same thing could work in humans, too. Read more...
The human gut is loaded with helpful bacteria microbes, yet the immune system seemingly turns a blind eye. Now, researchers know how this friendly truce is kept intact. Innate lymphoid cells directly limit the response by inflammatory T cells to commensal bacteria in the gut of mice. Show More Summary
Before exploring the information on food intolerance symptoms in children, you should know that food allergy refers to the fact that the immune system has an adverse effect to a given kind of food protein that normally is harmless. The adverse effects are in fact caused by the antibodies that the body produces when digesting [...]Show More Summary
New research indicates that women's reproductive function may be tied to their immune status. Previous studies have found this association in human males, but not females. The study appears in the American Journal of Human Biology. An...Show More Summary
Bacteria resistant to the antibiotic colistin are also commonly resistant to antimicrobial substances made by the human body, according to a new study. Cross-resistance to colistin and host antimicrobials LL-37 and lysozyme, which help...Show More Summary
Salamanders can regrow entire limbs and regenerate parts of major organs, an ability that relies on their immune systems, research now shows. A study of the axolotl, an aquatic salamander, reveals that immune cells called macrophages are critical in the early stages of re …
Salamanders' immune systems are key to their remarkable ability to regrow limbs, and could also underpin their ability to regenerate spinal cords, brain tissue and even parts of their hearts, scientists have found. In research published...Show More Summary
Parasitic wasps switch off the immune systems of fruit flies by draining calcium from the flies' blood cells, a finding that offers new insight into how pathogens break through a host's defenses. "We believe that we have discovered an...Show More Summary