Snapshot turns T cell immunology on its head
10 hours ago
Challenging a universally accepted, longstanding consensus in the field of immunity requires hard evidence. New research from the Australian Research Council Centre of excellence in advanced Molecular imaging has shown the ...
Nanoparticulate carbon black particles tiny culprits that start emphysema
Oct 05, 2015
When pathologists perform autopsies on smokers who died with severe emphysema, they find that lungs are black in appearance. These emphysematous lungs place strain on lung structures and ultimately other organs. Until recently, ...
Four gut bacteria decrease asthma risk in infants
Sep 30, 2015
New research by scientists at UBC and BC Children's Hospital finds that infants can be protected from getting asthma if they acquire four types of gut bacteria by three months of age. More than 300 families from across Canada ...
Flu infection reveals many paths to immune response
Sep 28, 2015
A new study of influenza infection in an animal model broadens understanding of how the immune system responds to flu virus, showing that the process is more dynamic than usually described, engaging a broader array of biological ...
'Remote control' of immune cells opens door to safer, more precise cancer therapies
Sep 24, 2015
UC San Francisco researchers have engineered a molecular "on switch" that allows tight control over the actions of T cells, immune system cells that have shown great potential as therapies for cancer. The innovation lays ...
Immune cells may help fight against obesity
Sep 15, 2015
While a healthy lifestyle and "good genes" are known to help prevent obesity, new research published on September 15 in Immunity indicates that certain aspects of the immune system may also play an important role. In the ...
Switched before birth: Study shows protein creates tumor-fighting cells
Sep 14, 2015
Revealing a biological combat strategy worthy of a five-star general, researchers from Houston Methodist Hospital, University of Chicago and Cornell University have shown how a cell surface receptor—a specialized protein ...
Biologists zero in on proteins lumican, TNF-alpha as two-step trigger for deadly scar-tissue production
Sep 08, 2015
Scientists at Texas A&M University have made additional progress in understanding the process behind scar-tissue formation and wound healing—specifically, a breakthrough in fibroblast-to-fibrocyte signaling involving two ...
Study suggests doctors should use more caution when using radiotherapy to treat skin cancer
Sep 08, 2015 report
(MedicalXpress)—A team of researchers in the U.S. has found that in some instances, using radiotherapy to treat skin cancers may be causing more harm than good. In their paper published in the journal Nature Immunology, ...
The Achilles' heel of HIV
Sep 08, 2015
Researchers at the University of Bonn have discovered how cells in the body can detect the genetic material of so-called retroviruses. The pathogen of the immunodeficiency disease AIDS, the HI-1 virus, also belongs to this ...