Tag Archive: immune system

Jun 30 2016

Scientists Reveal New Mechanism Adenovirus Uses to Sabotage Immune System

adenovirusAdenovirus, a common human virus that usually affects the lungs and causes respiratory tract infections, is an old friend to virologists. They have long studied how this virus interacts with host cells to understand cellular processes and reveal key regulators of cellular functions.

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Apr 21 2016

Putting the Brakes on Allergic Response

allergic responseWhen you have a chronic allergic disorder, it’s easy to blame the trigger — an early pollen season or furry pet — but the real culprit is your own immune system. Designed to attack foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses, T cells are the immune system’s watchdog to recognize serious threats. But sometimes T cells can be too zealous and set in motion a signaling cascade that can cause allergic reactions to everyday things and even attack your body’s healthy cells by mistake.

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Sep 17 2015

Teaching the Immune System to Have Long-term Memory for Leukemia

A CHOP cancer patient adding her colorful symbols of hope to a white car that is covered with children’s handprints from all over the country.Your immune system is designed to protect against foreign invaders such as infections, but you may not realize that it also destroys abnormal cells that your body produces.

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Sep 10 2015

New Gene Variants Found in Very Early Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease

inflammatory bowel diseaseMelding together genomics technology, disease patterns, immunology, and microbiology, physician-scientists at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are finding new and individualized therapies for patients with very early onset inflammatory bowel disease.

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