Latest Lymphocyte Stories

2013-09-02 19:16:00

A new finding could lead to novel treatments to reduce bleeding in trauma and severe infections. The research, from Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists Lijun Xia, M.D., Ph.D., Jianxin Fu, M.D., Ph.D., and Brett Herzog, Ph.D., appears in the most recent issue of the journal Nature. One way the immune system keeps a body healthy is through immune surveillance. Lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, constantly exit the bloodstream and "check in" at the lymph nodes to learn...

Sturdier Immune System May Explain Why Women Live Longer
2013-05-16 09:14:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Women's immune systems age more slowly than men's, which may contribute to their longer average lifespans, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal Immunity & Ageing. The study by Japanese researchers found that levels of key white blood cells responsible for fighting off infections decline faster in ageing men than they do in women. The average life expectancy in the US is 76.0 years for men and 80.9...

2013-05-15 11:45:57

Better understanding of cells' development has implications in study of inflammatory diseases Labs around the world, and a core group at Penn, have been studying recently described populations of immune cells called innate lymphoid cells (ILCs). Some researchers liken them to foot soldiers that protect boundary tissues such as the skin, the lining of the lung, and the lining of the gut from microbial onslaught. They also have shown they play a role in inflammatory disease, when the body's...

Portable Counter For White Blood Cells Being Developed
2013-03-26 10:25:03

California Institute of Technology White blood cells, or leukocytes, are the immune system's warriors. So when an infection or disease attacks the body, the system typically responds by sending more white blood cells into the fray. This means that checking the number of these cells is a relatively easy way to detect and monitor such conditions. Currently, most white blood cell counts are performed with large-scale equipment in central clinical laboratories. If a physician collects blood...

Researchers Tackle Leukemia With Engineered T-Cell Therapy
2013-03-21 15:08:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Job training can allow workers to take on new responsibilities and a team of oncologists from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York found that the same thing applies to the body´s immune system. By essentially taking T cells, a type of white blood cell, back to school — the oncologists were able to successfully eradicate a certain type of acute leukemia. Similar previous research has shown promise in...

2013-01-21 10:24:29

Helper cells of the immune system can switch to become killer cells in the gut The fate of mature T lymphocytes might be a lot more flexible than previously thought. New research from the RIKEN Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) in Japan and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI) in the USA shows for the first time that mature CD4+ helper T lymphocytes can be re-programed to become killer-like CD8+ T lymphocytes and gain killing functions. The findings are reported...

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