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Immune System News
February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Feb. 16, 2017 — An immune system proteinase called granzyme A appears to promote arthritic inflammation in mice infected with chikungunya virus, scientists report. The study also suggested that granzyme A could ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Macrophages, a common type of cell in the vertebrate immune system, can transmit messages between non-immune cells, scientists have discovered. Their paper is the first reported instance of ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Researchers have successfully "listened in" on the crosstalk between gut microbes and the immune system. This is the first study to perform a system-wide analysis of microbial influence on ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists have identified a molecule that sends a 'wound-healing' message from tumor cells. If we can disrupt this messaging system, we may be able to fight certain cancers, say ... read more

Pilot Study Shows Stable Insulin Production in Type 1 Diabetes

Feb. 16, 2017 — A small pilot study, in which researchers attempted to slow attacks mounted by the immune system on insulin-producing cells in type 1 diabetes, has given promising results, report ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A combination of drugs known as SMAC Mimetics and immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) amplifies kill rates of cancer tumor cells in laboratory ... read more

Researchers Identify Phosphorylation Process Vital to Cancer Growth

Feb. 14, 2017 — Scientists have identified a new mechanism that impacts tumor growth. The typical lack of oxygen in tumors doesn't only stimulate proliferation, but also offsets the important role of the ... read more

Immune Cell Study Prompts Rethink on How to Tackle Infections

Feb. 14, 2017 — Fresh insights into how immune cells are regulated could signal a new approach to tackling infections. Scientists say the findings pave the way for new therapies that target the immune response to ... read more

How Solid Tumors Resist Immunotherapy

Feb. 13, 2017 — Immunotherapies have revolutionized cancer treatment, offering hope to those whose malignancies have stubbornly survived other existing treatments. Yet solid tumor cancers are often resistant to ... read more

Newfound Effect of Cancer Drug May Expand Its Use

Feb. 10, 2017 — A drug first designed to prevent cancer cells from multiplying has a second effect: it switches immune cells that turn down the body's attack on tumors back into the kind that amplify ... read more

Stressed out Interferons Reveal Potential Key to Alternative Lupus Treatment

Feb. 10, 2017 — New research has identified a previously unknown mechanism involved in the immune response that could provide an alternative therapy target for treating the estimated 1.5 million Americans and five ... read more

How Some Insulin-Producing Cells Survive in Type 1 Diabetes

Feb. 9, 2017 — Medical researches have identified how insulin-producing cells that are typically destroyed in type 1 diabetes can change in order to survive immune attack. The finding may lead to strategies for ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — A few days after a viral infection, countless killer cells swarm out to track down and kill infected body cells. In this way, they are highly effective at preventing pathogens from being able to ... read more

Bacteria Links Crohn's Disease to Arthritis

Feb. 9, 2017 — Patients with Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes abdominal pain and diarrhea, can also experience joint pain. In Crohn's disease, which affects about ... read more

Evidence Points to Fish Oil to Fight Asthma

Feb. 9, 2017 — Scientists have discovered new essential information about omega 3 fatty acids contained in fish oil and how they could be used for asthma ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Sepsis is a life-threatening condition due to excessive immune responses to infection that damages the patient's own tissues and organs. In septic shock, the severest stage of sepsis, the blood ... read more

Eating Whole Grains Led to Modest Improvements in Gut Microbiota and Immune Response

Feb. 8, 2017 — In a clinical trial, adults who consumed a diet rich in whole grains rather than refined grains had modest improvements in healthy gut microbiota and certain immune ... read more

Innovative Procedure to Measure Cell Energy Production Developed

Feb. 8, 2017 — A new software tool that enhances measurement and analysis of energy production generated by human immune cells has been ... read more

Researchers Quantify Immune Cells Associated With Future Breast Cancer Risk

Feb. 8, 2017 — Researchers have quantified the numbers of various types of immune cells associated with the risk of developing breast cancer, outlines a new ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Mycobacterium tuberculosis hijacks human macrophages to evade immune destruction while preventing the macrophage from undergoing programmed cell death. This niche lets them grow in a protected ... read more

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