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2014-01-03 11:31:48

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a major cause of death worldwide, and a formidable foe. Most healthy people can defend themselves against tuberculosis, but they need all parts of their immune system to work together. A study published on January 2nd in PLOS Pathogens reveals how a special class of immune cells called "invariant natural killer T cells" make their contribution to this concerted effort. "We were interested in identifying the mechanisms that different types of T cells use to...

2012-10-16 04:00:40

PharmaCo Labs today announced that PhenObestin 37.5 can help to prevent cancer, by reducing obesity and restoring the body´s healthy levels of invariant natural killer T-cells (iNKT), a special type of immune cells that fight malignancies. According to a recent study published in the September issue of Immunity, overweight and obese individuals have a dramatic drop in their number of iNKT cells, but return to standard levels when their weight returns to a healthy range. Germantown, MD...

2012-05-09 19:41:46

Ongoing research by a Baylor College of Medicine pediatric oncologist to understand how special cells called natural killer T (NKT) cells can be used to suppress neuroblastoma tumor growth has led to the discovery that the protein IL-15 is key to protecting the NKT cells' anti-tumor effectiveness in a hostile environment. The study, led by Dr. Leonid Metelitsa, associate professor of pediatrics — hematology/oncology at BCM and Texas Children's Cancer Center, appears in the current...

2011-12-12 21:51:48

Research describes advantages of new vaccine adjuvant New research from the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Leadbetter at the Trudeau Institute may lead to a whole new class of vaccines. Dr. Leadbetter's lab has discovered new properties of a potential vaccine adjuvant that suggest it could be useful for enhancing protection against a number of different infections. This new data will be published in the January 2012 issue of the journal Nature Immunology (Vol. 13, pp. 44-50). The paper, "iNKT...

2011-03-02 02:02:16

New research has identified a small subset of normal white blood cells in the body that gives rise to a rare incurable form of leukemia. The study, led by investigators at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center "“ Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC "“ James), shows that large granular lymphocyte leukemia can occur in a small subset of white blood cells called NKT cells. NKT cells share features of immune cells called T...

2011-02-08 01:00:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DSM Biologics, a business unit of DSM Pharmaceutical Products, today announced the signing of a contract with NKT Therapeutics, Inc. based in Waltham, Mass, USA, the biotechnology company that focuses on developing therapeutics based on unique immune cells called natural killer T (NKT) cells. The contract covers the process development and cGMP manufacturing by DSM of their lead product iNKT mAb. NKT cells are a central part of the human...

2010-04-19 08:13:03

A new discovery about the wound-healing process could lead to better treatments for diabetics and other patients who have wounds that are slow to heal. Loyola University Health System researchers found that certain immune system cells slow the wound-healing process. Thus, it might be possible to improve healing by inactivating these immune system cells, said Elizabeth Kovacs, PhD, who heads the laboratory team that made the discovery. The findings by Kovacs and colleagues are reported online,...


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