Common Cold Could Protect Against COVID In Early Stages Of Infection
t’s hard to envision the common cold, caused by rhinoviruses, as something of a superhero, but recent research from Yale University has found this bug to have an intriguing effect on the early success of the pathogen that causes COVID-19 in the body.Source: IFLScience
How T Cells Make Sure They Have Quiet Time
All cells, like all people, need “quiet” time to function properly, and this is particularly true of T cells, one of the immune system’s main weapons. They must be ready for activation at all times, and primed to divide more rapidly than almost any cell in the body.
The harmful effects of stress during pregnancy can last a lifetime
Mice exposed to stress in the womb and soon after birth can expect a lifetime of immune system deficiencies that hinder the ability to ward off infections and cancer, Yale University researchers report March 5 in the journal Cell.
From Paradox to Breakthrough
Aaron Ring, MD, PhD, was hooked by a paradox. He had been studying cytokines to understand their potential to stimulate anti-tumor immunity. Though cytokines, such as interleukin-2, have been in clinical use for decades, they have historically shown only limited effectiveness. Dr. Ring was hunting for interleukins that could deliver a specific signal to activate TILs.
Richard Flavell Is Named a Distinguished Fellow by the American Association of Immunologists
Richard A. Flavell, PhD, is one of 20 scientists who have been named Distinguished Fellows by the American Association of Immunologists, which recognizes members for distinguished careers and outstanding scientific contributions, as well as their service to AAI and the immunology community. It is one of the highest honors that AAI bestows.
Yale Scientists Breach Brain Barriers to Attack Tumors
The brain is a sort of fortress, equipped with barriers designed to keep out dangerous pathogens. But protection comes at a cost: These barriers interfere with the immune system when faced with dire threats such glioblastoma, a deadly brain tumor for which there are few effective treatments.
Yale Receives Funding to Study Myasthenia Gravis
The National Institutes of Health through the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Consortia has awarded a research team from Yale University, George Washington University, and Duke University $7.8 million to establish a rare disease network for myasthenia gravis.
Yale Researchers Identify Rare Inherited Immune Disease
When a 9-year-old girl with anemia, breathing problems, and recurrent infections sought help for her mysterious ailments, Yale researchers and their collaborators at the National Institutes of Health sequenced her genes to pinpoint a cause. What they discovered was not only a new disease but unexpected new roles for a gene that affects the immune system.
Blavatnik Gift Will Fund Research into the Biology of Survival
Medzhitov and his research team are working to uncover the mechanisms underlying survival strategies—also known as maintenance programs—an endeavor that will both advance fundamental biology and provide new therapeutic targets to prevent and treat disease.Source: Medicine@Yale
Genome screen uncovers new targets for cancer immunotherapy
A new genome-wide screen of 20,000 human genes in T cells have turned up several new candidates to unleash the immune system’s ability to attack a variety of tumor types, Yale Cancer Center researchers report Aug. 22 in the journal Cell.