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2011-07-15 15:02:24

Scientists identify molecular differences between disease-indicating proteins and those which exist naturally A new research paper sheds light on the way antibodies distinguish between different but closely related 'biomarkers' - proteins which reveal information about the condition of the human body. This new understanding could enable pharmaceutical companies to develop new technologies for quickly diagnosing and treating fatal diseases. All diseases have proteins, or concentrations of...

2011-02-28 22:20:43

New research that reveals how maternal antibodies block an immune response to the measles virus is a first step toward improving current childhood vaccination practices, scientists say. Maternal antibodies are passed to fetuses during pregnancy and to newborns in their mothers' milk. The antibodies protect infants against disease in the first months of life, but that protection comes at a cost: Their presence also interferes with the generation of a natural immune response to vaccination. As...

2011-01-24 18:16:23

Antibodies are watchdogs of human health, continuously prowling the body and registering minute changes associated with infection or disease with astonishing acuity. They also serve as biochemical memory banks, faithfully recording information about pathogens they encounter and efficiently storing this data for later use. Stephen Albert Johnston, Neal Woodbury and their colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have been exploring mechanisms of antibody activity,...

2010-11-01 15:12:07

New approach could speed better tests for earliest appearance of cancer cells and help develop vaccines Scientists at Johns Hopkins have taken a less-is-more approach to designing effective drug treatments that are precisely tailored to disease-causing pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, and cancer cells, any of which can trigger the body's immune system defenses. In a report to be published in the latest issue of Nature Medicine online Oct. 31, researchers describe a new...

2010-09-29 09:17:49

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ There are 31.1 million adults and 2.1 million children living with HIV in the world.  There is no cure for the disease. But what if there was a vaccine that could be administered to everyone to stop the spread of HIV? The HIV/AIDS epidemic would be over. One way to produce an HIV vaccination is to teach the immune system to recognize certain protein structures on the surface of the HIV virus and produce antibodies that will bind to the structures and...

2010-09-22 04:59:00

BERGISCH GLADBACH, Germany, September 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Miltenyi Biotec announces the worldwide first and exclusive release of the Anti-GLAST (ACSA-1) MicroBead Kit. Isolation of viable GLAST-expressing astrocytes is now possible within one hour using the first commercially available antibody against an extracellular surface epitope of GLAST. Magnetic cell separation with MACS(R) Technology is the method of choice for the specific isolation of viable cells. A prerequisite for...

2009-11-16 17:01:12

WHAT: A new study shows that molecular similarities exist between the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus and other strains of seasonal H1N1 virus that have been circulating in the population since 1988. These results suggest that healthy adults may have a level of protective immune memory that can blunt the severity of infection caused by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The study team was led by Bjoern Peters, Ph.D., and Alessandro Sette, Ph.D., of La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Calif.,...

2009-09-24 10:02:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Peptimmune, Inc. ("Peptimmune"), a privately held biotechnology company announced today that it has formed a research and development collaboration with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), Silver Spring, MD to evaluate the Company's proprietary DEEP(TM) peptide copolymer technology for the potential development of dengue vaccines and point-of-care diagnostics. After more than 70 years of...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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