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Enzyme may represent new target for treating asthma
An enzyme called diacylglycerol kinase zeta (DGKζ) appears to play an important role in suppressing runaway inflammation in asthma and may represent a novel therapeutic target. (2019-05-20)
New findings could lead to improved vaccinations against sexually transmitted infections
In a study published today in the Nature Communications, researchers from King's College London have shown how skin vaccination can generate protective CD8 T-cells that are recruited to the genital tissues and could be used as a vaccination strategy for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). (2019-05-17)
Being sick in the morning can be different from being sick at night
In a review published May 17, 2019 in the journal Trends in Immunology, researchers discuss how time of day affects the severity of afflictions ranging from allergies to heart attacks. (2019-05-17)
Scientists capture first-ever video of body's safety test for t-cells
For the first time, immunologists have captured on video what happens when T-cells undergo a type of assassin-training program before they get unleashed in the body. (2019-05-17)
Antibody responses vs. Ebola keep evolving in survivors, months after recovery
Antiviral antibodies produced by survivors of Ebola infection continue to evolve and improve after recovery, according to a study of immune responses in four people who received care at Emory University Hospital in 2014. (2019-05-16)
University of Virginia chemist IDs possible addiction-free pain reliever
Pain medication addiction is a major problem in the United States. (2019-05-16)
On the way to fighting staph infections with the body's immune system
Researchers have gained a greater understanding of the biology of staphylococcus skin infections in mice and how the mouse immune system mobilizes to fight them. (2019-05-15)
Researchers block protein that plays a key role in Alzheimer's disease
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear to researchers that the protein galectin-3 is involved in inflammatory diseases in the brain. (2019-05-15)
New strategy of reprogramming regulatory T cells may improve cancer therapies
Therapies that harness the power of the immune system against cancer have made remarkable progress against certain tumors but still remain ineffective in most cancer patients. (2019-05-15)
Preclinical study: Probiotic-derived molecule may suppress fatal brain inflammation
The existence of certain microorganisms in your gut may bolster the immune system's ability to fend off a herpes viral attack that can cause fatal brain inflammation. (2019-05-14)
Plaque in arteries may not all be the same; targeting specific immune cells in plaque may reduce heart attack and stroke risk
A specific type of immune cell is more commonly found in arterial plaque from patients suffering from a recent stroke or mini-stroke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions 2019. (2019-05-14)
How stressed-out bacteria may trigger autoimmune response
Stressful life events most likely contribute to autoimmune diseases, but scientists don't have a deep understanding of the underlying chain of events. (2019-05-14)
Immune system discovery could aid quest for stem cell therapies
Scientists have discovered how stem cells can develop resistance against viruses, a finding that could aid the development of stem cell therapies. (2019-05-14)
Flu virus' best friend: Low humidity
Yale researchers have pinpointed a key reason why people are more likely to get sick and even die from flu during winter months: low humidity. (2019-05-13)
Autophagy in dendritic cells helps anticancer activity
Autophagy contributes to the homeostasis of a cell and recently another function of autophagy has been reported. (2019-05-12)
A new system for treating type 1 diabetes mellitus
Thanks to an innovative system of magnetic microcapsule separation, the Nanobiocel-CIBER BNN research group of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country in collaboration with the BIOMICS group, also of the UPV/EHU, has managed to reduce the volume of microcapsule implants containing insulin-producing pancreatic cells by nearly 80%. (2019-05-10)
Making a meal of it: Mosquito spit protein controls blood feeding
Researchers led by Kanazawa University developed a transgenic approach to inactivating the mosquito salivary protein AAPP. (2019-05-10)
New HIV vaccine strategy 'pumps' the immune system
A new HIV vaccine delivery strategy appears to enhance the protective immune response in a preclinical model. (2019-05-09)
Scientists pinpoint potential new target for regulating inflammation
The scientists discovered that an ancient protein (SARM) is a key regulator of inflammasomes -- tiny molecular machines that initiate the inflammatory response. (2019-05-07)
Challenging metabolism may help fight disease
New research by Swansea University academics has shown that harnessing metabolism at a cellular level may help to relieve or heal a range of disorders. (2019-05-07)
Groundbreaking study could lead to fast, simple test for Ebola virus
In a breakthrough that could lead to a simple and inexpensive test for Ebola virus disease, researchers have generated two antibodies to the deadly virus. (2019-05-07)
A new culprit for multiple sclerosis relapses
A molecule that helps blood clot may also play a role in multiple sclerosis relapses, researchers report in the May 6, 2019 issue of PNAS. (2019-05-07)
Filming how our immune system kill bacteria
To kill bacteria in the blood, our immune system relies on nanomachines that can open deadly holes in their targets. (2019-05-06)
Pushing early beta-cell proliferation can halt autoimmune attack in type 1 diabetes model
Researchers at Joslin have found that increasing the proliferation and turnover of beta cells before signs of type 1 diabetes could halt the development of the disease. (2019-05-06)
New disease discovered by CU Anschutz researchers
A new immunodeficiency disease caused by a novel genetic mutation has been identified by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus providing unique insights into cell biology. (2019-05-06)
A question of time
Researchers show how the immune system distinguishes between self molecules and non-self molecules such as those from pathogens. (2019-05-03)
Cancer cells have a problem with junk RNA that makes them vulnerable
The important role of the ADAR enzyme and junk RNA in cancer cells opens an entirely new playbook for the treatment of tumors, one that is focused on RNA rather than DNA. (2019-05-03)
Researchers ready B cells for novel cell therapy
Scientists at Seattle Children's Research Institute are paving the way to use gene-edited B cells -- a type of white blood cell in the immune system -- to treat a wide range of potential diseases that affect children, including hemophilia and other protein deficiency disorders, autoimmune diseases, and infectious diseases. (2019-05-02)
Scientists discover how superbugs hide from their host
New research led by the University of Sheffield has discovered how a hospital superbug evades the immune system to cause infection -- paving the way for new treatments. (2019-05-02)
Atherosclerosis: Induced cell death destabilizes plaques
Many chronic disorders arise from misdirected immune responses. A Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich team led by Oliver Söhnlein now shows that neutrophils exacerbate atherosclerosis by inducing smooth muscle-cell death and that a tailored peptide inhibits the process. (2019-05-01)
Vaccine shows lasting effects against fentanyl addiction in rats
A vaccine that combines a fentanyl antigen with a tetanus toxoid has been shown to reduce fentanyl choices and increase food choices with effects lasting several months in rats. (2019-05-01)
New study identifies drug that can reverse hyperactivity induced by parasitic infection
When rodents get infected by Toxoplasma gondii, the single-celled brain parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, they become hyperactive risk-takers. (2019-04-30)
Humanization of antibodies targeting human herpesvirus 6B
A Japanese research group have succeeded in humanization of mouse antibodies that can neutralize the infection caused by human herpesvirus 6B. (2019-04-26)
Lifetime flu vaccine?
Another year, another flu vaccine because so far scientists haven't managed to make a vaccine that protects against all strains of flu. (2019-04-26)
Novel vaccine for colorectal cancer shows positive phase I results
The vaccine proves safe in a small sample of human subjects, opening the way for the next phase of testing. (2019-04-25)
Study in mice uncovers an unknown pathway for breast cancer tumors to recur
Experimenting in mice, the researchers tracked a series of events that enable a small reservoir of treatment-resistant cancer cells to awake from dormancy, grow and spread. (2019-04-25)
BU, Johnson & Johnson Innovation alliance: Immune system boost could prevent lung cancer
BU, Johnson & Johnson Innovation alliance: why an immune system boost could prevent lung cancer (2019-04-23)
Revealed: The secret superpower that makes C. difficile so deadly
A new discovery about dangerous C. difficile diarrhea has identified a new way that the bacteria -- and possibly others like it -- cause severe disease. (2019-04-23)
How the body protects itself from type 2 diabetes
A specific group of white blood cells, termed 'regulatory T cells', keeps the immune system in balance and suppresses its activity to protect the body against autoimmune diseases. (2019-04-23)
Rare disease gives new insight into regulatory T cell function
An international study led from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden provides new insights into the regulatory T cells' role in protecting against autoimmune disease. (2019-04-23)
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