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2012-11-30 16:06:17

Molecule called IKBNS in charge of regulatory immune cell maturation Now, scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) have looked into the origin of Tregs and uncovered a central role played by the protein IkBNS. Armed with this knowledge, the researchers hope to manipulate Tregs in order to either inhibit or activate the immune system. Biochemist Prof. Ingo Schmitz and his team have now published their findings in the scientific journal Immunity. The immune system...

2012-11-23 10:52:09

Immune globulin replacement began decades ago as a treatment for patients who could not make their own protective antibodies, but has proven to have much broader benefits than originally expected. With new uses regularly being discovered for this limited and expensive resource, including as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease, now is the time to discover exactly how intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) treatments work, and to engineer a protein that can provide similar benefits,...

2012-11-19 12:34:05

NIH-funded scientists develop new treatment to combat autoimmune disease in mouse model In a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed innovative technology to selectively inhibit the part of the immune system responsible for attacking myelin–the insulating material that encases nerve fibers and facilitates electrical communication between brain cells. Autoimmune disorders occur when T-cells–a type of white...

2012-11-19 11:38:02

New nanotechnology can be used for Type 1 diabetes, food allergies and asthma -New nanoparticle tricks and resets immune system in mice with MS -First MS approach that doesn't suppress immune system -Clinical trial for MS patients shows why nanoparticle is best option -Nanoparticle now being tested in Type 1 diabetes and asthma In a breakthrough for nanotechnology and multiple sclerosis, a biodegradable nanoparticle turns out to be the perfect vehicle to stealthily deliver an antigen...

2012-11-16 15:16:58

Researchers have pieced together new genetic clues to the arthritis puzzle in a study that brings potential treatments closer to reality and could also provide insights into why more women than men succumb to the disabling condition. Rheumatoid arthritis — which affects more than 400,000 people in the UK and about 1% of the world's population — is a complicated disease: lifestyle and environmental factors, such as smoking, diet, pregnancy and infection are thought to play a...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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