Latest Toll-like receptors Stories
Before you swat away the next fruit fly, consider instead just how similar its biological complexities are to our own.
New research from the University of Cambridge has helped unlock some of the long-standing mysteries behind allergic reactions to cat dander.
One major cause of illness from food-borne diseases is the parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii).
To invade organisms such as humans, bacteria make use of a protein called flagellin, part of a tail-like appendage that helps the bacteria move about.
Two out of every thousand babies are at risk of brain damage in connection with birth.
It may have been 1 billion years since plants and animals branched apart on the evolutionary tree but down through the ages they have developed strikingly similar mechanisms for detecting microbial invasions and resisting diseases.
High fat diets cause a dramatic immune system overreaction to sepsis, a condition of systemic bacterial infection.
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have solved the structure of a crucial human immune system molecule called TLR3, an acronym for Toll-like receptor three. In an upcoming issue of the journal Science, the protein is described as a large horseshoe-shaped coil composed of 23 leucine-rich repeats (LRRs).
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