Navigation Links
Genetic clue to fighting new strains of flu
Date:12/24/2013

Published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, senior author, Associate Professor Katherine Kedzierska from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology said that being able to predict which patients will be more susceptible to the emerging influenza strain, will allow clinicians to better manage an early intervention strategy.

"By using genetic markers to blood and lung samples, we have discovered that there are certain indicators that signal increased susceptibility to this influenza. Higher than normal levels of cytokines, driven by a genetic variant of a protein called IFITM3, tells us that the severe disease is likely," she said.

"We call this a Cytokine Storm and people with the defective genetic variant of the protein IFITM3 are more likely to succumb to severe influenza infection.

Professor Peter Doherty, AC, Laureate Professor and a lead author of the study from the University of Melbourne said predicting how influenza works in individuals has implications for the management of disease and the resources on our health system.

"We are exploring how genetic sequencing and early identification can allow us to intervene in treating patients before they become too unwell. As new cases of influenza emerge in the Northern Hemisphere, we try to keep a season ahead and prepare to protect the most vulnerable in our community," he said.

Though the H7N9 strain has not been found in Australia, researchers from the University of Melbourne are collaborating closely with Prof Jianqing Xu and his group from the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center in China. In addition to this, Dr Zhongfang Wang, an NHMRC Australian-China Exchange Fellow is also working closely with Melbourne experts.


'/>"/>

Contact: Anne Rahilly
arahilly@unimelb.edu.au
61-390-355-380
University of Melbourne
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers identify genetic marker of resistance to key malaria drug
2. Feinstein Institute researchers show a genetic overlap in schizophrenia and cognitive ability
3. Wake Forest Baptist researchers study alcohol addiction using optogenetics
4. Genetic flaw in males triggers onset of liver cancer, diabetes
5. Researchers identify fundamental differences between human cancers and genetically engineered mouse models of cancer
6. Computer model suggests genetic breast cancer screening may benefit those at intermediate risk
7. Aging erodes genetic control, but thats flexible
8. New study finds no benefit to selecting dose of blood thinner based on patients genetic makeup
9. Researchers Identify a New Genetic Risk Factor for Severe Psychiatric Illness
10. Many pediatricians uncomfortable providing care to kids with genetic conditions
11. Genetic Difference in Blood Clotting Mechanism Could Explain Some of the Racial Disparity in Heart Disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/30/2017)... ... 30, 2017 , ... This morning, more than 275 medical ... support for an independent Vaccine Safety Commission. Five of the signers of the ... hold a press conference at 9:00 AM Friday, March 31 at the ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... ... ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS) announced today that Rhino Ag has ... of more than 650 U.S.-based dealers. Rhino, a member of the Alamo Group, offers ... and cutters, rear blades, post hole diggers, pasture renovators, tillers, disc mowers and box ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... New York City, NY (PRWEB) , ... March ... ... governing body for men’s and women’s professional squash, announced it has enlisted New ... marketing partner. The agency will develop and procure sponsorship opportunities for the ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... ... main cause of hay fever in the United States, with an estimated 95 percent of ... July each year; with the worst time for sufferers being June and July. , ... provide an effective defense against grass pollen; they are proven in independent studies to trap ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... Amherst, Massachusetts (PRWEB) , ... March 30, 2017 , ... ... has had great success and feedback from high school and college students who have ... is being held July 7-23 and YFI is now accepting applications for enrollment. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... 2017  The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund ... to battle infectious diseases around the globe, today ... could help deliver a range of new innovative ... This latest round of targeted support ... testing a pediatric formulation of a drug considered ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... March 29, 2017 Optometrists have staunchly ... the highest standard in quality and care for ... its objective Wavefront-driven refraction technologies and process to ... enables an unprecedented level of refraction and correction ... relegated to Topgun Navy fighter pilots, but now ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... their offering. ... The global lifestyle drugs market to grow at a CAGR of ... Lifestyle Drugs Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth ... market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: