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How blocking iron drives the lung immune system to control infection
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin and St James's Hospital, Dublin have discovered how the iron chelator, DFX, which functions by attaching to iron, drives the immune system to deal with tuberculosis (TB). (2020-05-13)
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Breast cancer patients don`t have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. (2020-05-13)
Yale researchers discover how HIV hides from treatment
Even after successful antiretroviral therapy, HIV can hide dormant in a tiny number of immune system cells for decades and re-emerge to threaten the life of its host. (2020-05-13)
Molecular signatures can predict the efficacy of malaria vaccines
Molecular signatures before and after immunization can predict vaccine-induced protection, according to a study by ISGlobal, an institution supported by 'la Caixa.' The study analysed the gene expression in peripheral blood cells from individuals immunized with the first malaria vaccine (Mosquirix or RTS,S) and another experimental malaria vaccine. (2020-05-13)
Malaria vaccine trial samples reveal immune benchmarks for achieving protection
By studying samples from two independent clinical trials of malaria vaccines, Gemma Moncunill and colleagues have linked signatures in the immune system to better vaccine protection from the disease in children and adults. (2020-05-13)
Vitamin D determines severity in COVID-19 so government advice needs to change
Researchers in Trinity College Dublin are urging the Irish government to immediately change recommendations on vitamin D supplements given recent changes by Welsh, English and Scottish governments. (2020-05-12)
Platelets exacerbate immune response
Platelets not only play a key role in blood clotting, but can also significantly intensify inflammatory processes. (2020-05-12)
Blood cells could serve as a 'thermometer' to detect breast cancer
This study shows that patients develop alterations in a type of leukocyte at the initial stage of the disease. (2020-05-12)
Malaria vaccine: Could this 'ingredient' be the secret to success?
Melbourne researchers have identified a microscopic 'ingredient' that can be added to a malaria vaccine for efficient protection against the deadly pathogen. (2020-05-12)
Researchers ID target for colorectal cancer immunotherapy
Researchers at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a target for colorectal cancer immunotherapy. (2020-05-11)
The microbiome controls immune system fitness
Working alongside colleagues in Mainz, Bern, Hannover and Bonn, researchers from Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and the German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin (DRFZ) were able to show how the microbiome helps to render the immune system capable of responding to pathogens. (2020-05-11)
How herpes simplex virus can evade the immune response to infect the brain
A research team has discovered a molecular mechanism that helps Herpes simplex virus (HSV1) evade the innate immune system and infect the brain causing a rare disease with high mortality. (2020-05-08)
More selective elimination of leukemia stem cells and blood stem cells
Hematopoietic stem cells from a healthy donor can help patients suffering from acute leukemia. (2020-05-08)
Newly discovered cell type plays crucial role in immune response to respiratory infections
With a discovery that could rewrite the immunology textbooks, an international group of scientists, including the teams of Bart Lambrecht, Martin Guilliams, Hamida Hammad, and Charlotte Scott (all from the VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research) identified a new type of antigen-presenting immune cell. (2020-05-08)
Immune system discovery paves way to lengthen organ transplant survival
A new discovery in mice shows the innate immune system has 'memory,' previously thought to be a unique feature of the adaptive immune system. (2020-05-08)
Researchers have found accumulation of gene mutations in chronic Graft-versus-host disease
Mutations in white blood cells can contribute to abnormal immune profile after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. (2020-05-07)
Bat 'super immunity' may explain how bats carry coronaviruses -- USask study
A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has uncovered how bats can carry the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus without getting sick -- research that could shed light on how coronaviruses make the jump to humans and other animals. (2020-05-06)
NEJM study shows drug saves lives of kids fighting deadly immune disease
After 20 years of trying, modern medicine remains unable to lower the roughly 40% mortality rate for the severe childhood immune disease called HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis), which damages vital organs and tissues. (2020-05-06)
Lymphatic vessels in mice and humans: Alike yet different
In an international collaboration, researchers from Uppsala University have mapped the lymph node lymphatic vessels in mice and humans down to the level of individual cells. (2020-05-05)
Biomaterial immune control discoveries could reduce implant rejection
Scientists have discovered how the materials used in medical implants like artificial joints can be adapted to control the immune response to them and reduce the risk of rejection. (2020-05-04)
New insight on maternal infections and neurodevelopmental disorders
The immune responses of a female mouse before pregnancy can predict how likely her offspring are to have behavioral deficits if the immune system is activated during pregnancy, according to researchers from UC Davis. (2020-05-04)
Scientists invented an aging vaccine
A new way to prevent autoimmune diseases associated with aging like atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease was described in the article. (2020-05-03)
New targets for childhood brain tumors identified
People with the genetic condition neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) are prone to developing tumors on nervous system tissue. (2020-05-01)
Timing of immune response to COVID-19 may contribute to disease severity
A new USC study suggests that temporarily suppressing the body's immune system during the early stages of COVID-19 could help a patient avoid severe symptoms. (2020-05-01)
Changes to gut microbiome may slow cancer growth in smokers
Changes to the gut microbiome interacted with the immune system to slow the growth of cancer in mice exposed to cigarette smoke, according to research that was selected for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2020. (2020-04-30)
Improving immunotherapy for cancer
One of the reasons why cancer develops is because regulatory cells inhibit the body's immune defense. (2020-04-29)
Arctic wildlife uses extreme method to save energy
The extreme cold, harsh environment and constant hunt for food means that Arctic animals have become specialists in saving energy. (2020-04-28)
New findings on hepatitis C in infants can lead to improved treatments
Only about 5% of the babies born to mothers with hepatitis C are themselves infected by the disease. (2020-04-27)
'Dirty' mice could help make a more effective flu vaccine
Studying mice that have been exposed to other illnesses could help make vaccine development processes more reflective of real-world conditions and lead to better vaccines, according to a new study. (2020-04-27)
New type of immune cell discovered in breast ducts
Melbourne breast cancer researchers have discovered a new type of immune cell that helps to keep breast tissue healthy by regulating a vital process within mammary ducts - the sites where milk is produced and transported, but also where most breast cancers arise. (2020-04-27)
Immune system changes occur early in development of multiple myeloma, study finds
Long before multiple myeloma becomes a malignant disease, the collection of immune system cells and signal carriers amid the tumor cells undergoes dramatic shifts, with alterations in both the number and type of immune cells, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) report in a new study. (2020-04-27)
Syphilis eludes immune attack by altering a single gene
Shuffling of DNA in a single gene might be why the syphilis bacteria can evade the immune system. (2020-04-24)
New active ingredient against allergic asthma
Our immune system protects us against pathogens. However, an excessive immune reaction can trigger allergies or chronic asthma. (2020-04-24)
A 'corset' for the enzyme structure
The structure of enzymes determines how they control vital processes such as digestion or immune response. (2020-04-24)
Researchers develop breakthrough antibody test for COVID-19 virus
A recent article published in Current Protocols in Microbiology details a breakthrough antibody test for COVID-19. (2020-04-24)
A new therapeutic target turns the immune system against lymphoma
EPFL scientists have identified a key mechanism that tumor cells use to take advantage of and avoid detection from the immune system. (2020-04-23)
Dietary supplements an important weapon for fighting off COVID-19
Supplements containing vitamins C and D and other micronutrients, sometimes in amounts exceeding the federally recommended levels, are a safe, effective and low-cost means of helping your immune system fight off COVID-19 and other acute respiratory tract diseases. (2020-04-23)
Boosting the immune system's appetite for cancer
A combination of immunotherapy agents that encourages some immune cells to eat cancer cells and alert others to attack tumors put mice with a deadly type of brain cancer called glioblastoma into long-term remission. (2020-04-23)
Immune responses hint why some children get milder RSV infections than others
By studying a cohort of 190 children, a research team has discovered important clues that could help explain why some children with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections get mild cases while others get more severe disease and require hospitalization. (2020-04-22)
Pancreatic cancer cells hijack basic cell mechanism to evade immunotherapy
Pancreatic cancer cells use a normal waste removal process to hide tags on their surfaces that would otherwise let the immune system destroy them, a new study finds. (2020-04-22)
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