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Rare Disorder Provides New Insight Into Fighting Infection

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September 30, 2002
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Through studying a genetic condition known to exist in only two individuals, scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and their colleagues have uncovered new knowledge about the immune system applicable to everyone. The scientists found that an enzyme called caspase-8, known to help trigger apoptosis – – the programmed death of cells – – is also involved in activating many immune system cells to fight off infections. This information, to be published in the September 26 issue of the journal Nature, potentially could yield a new class of drugs to treat immune system disorders.

Through studying a genetic condition known to exist in only two individuals, scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and their colleagues have uncovered new knowledge about the immune system applicable to everyone. The scientists found that an enzyme called caspase-8, known to help trigger apoptosis – – the programmed death of cells – – is also involved in activating many immune system cells to fight off infections. This information, to be published in the September 26 issue of the journal Nature, potentially could yield a new class of drugs to treat immune system disorders.


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NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. (2002, September 30). Rare Disorder Provides New Insight Into Fighting Infection. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/09/020926071222.htm
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