Navigation Links
Queen's immunologists find better way to boost the immune system
Date:1/22/2008

KINGSTON, ON Queens University immunologists have discovered how to manipulate the immune system to increase its power and protect the body from successive viral infections.

Published in the current edition of Viral Immunology, these findings may point the way toward developing new and more effective vaccines against diseases like influenza or HIV and enhance new developments in immunology.

The study suggests that scientists can boost the bodys resistance and fend off successive viral infections by taking components of the virus and indirectly activating specific populations of killer T cells the bodys virus-killing cells. The virus components are introduced through a process known as cross priming whereby virus molecules are engulfed by immune cells to activate killer T cells.

With this mechanism in mind, we can develop better tools to make more successful and effective vaccines, says Sam Basta, Queens professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and the principal investigator of the study. The other members of the research team are masters students Attiya Alatery and Erin Dunbar.

The researchers hope to build on their findings by next studying which immune cells do a better job of protecting the body while using this mechanism.

The answer to this question is like having the Holy Grail of immunotherapy and vaccine design within our grasp, says Dr. Basta.

Dr. Basta suggests that by fully understanding this new mechanism, researchers should be able to shuttle the appropriate viral components to the right immune cells.


'/>"/>

Contact: Molly Kehoe
molly.kehoe@queensu.ca
613-533-2877
Queen's University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Launches Long Island and Queens Chapters
2. Fluoridated water for Queensland ... at last
3. New York Hospital Queens Cardiac Rehabilitation Team Presents Study at Worlds Leading Heart Disease Conference
4. EPA grant to UC engineering makes for a better environment
5. Better access to cool caps improves outcomes, lowers cost of treating asphyxia in newborns
6. Heart patients find education programs lead to better health
7. International Sports Sciences Associations Ten Best Resolutions for Better Health in 2008
8. Treatment with NAC is associated with better outcomes for children with liver failure
9. MRI techniques evolving towards better assessment of liver fibrosis
10. Combined Boards Provide Better Care to More Clients More Efficiently
11. YMCA of the USA Announces New Years Resolution to Better Support Health-Seeking Americans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Medforce ... is proud to announce it has joined the National Association for Home Care ... of chronically ill, disabled, and dying Americans of all ages and the caregiver ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... WHO: , Dr. Paul ... , WHAT: , Medical doctors and PhD scientists will speak to the press on ... Trump in support of an independent vaccine safety commission. , WHERE: , Zenger ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... in Wethersfield, Conn., has relocated its corporate headquarters to a new, more expansive ... , In October 2016, Qualidigm purchased a distressed office building in Wethersfield, ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... The Executives, Staff & Clients of MGE: ... the Toys for Tots Literacy Campaign at their Semi-Annual Graduation and Fundraiser Event at ... the U.S. ranks at number 14 internationally in literacy. Statistically, a direct relation can ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... ... Public relations pros work hard to earn placements and build a ... results are clear, much of PR is hard to quantify. Goal-setting and measurement are ... firms should always take an all-inclusive approach that takes both traditional and non-traditional factors ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2017)... TAIPEI, Taiwan , March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... medical device company, is pleased to announce ... Series A investment of Panther Orthopedics, Inc., a ... pioneering innovative dynamic fixation solutions for orthopedic extremity ... market continues to expand rapidly, primarily due to ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... , March 28, 2017  Today, Allergy & ... a new white paper to underscore the significant ... in healthcare. Specifically, there is substantial confusion as to the ... has urged manufacturers to drop the term "latex free" or ... the challenge to ensure a product is completely devoid of ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... Kingdom and  BOSTON , March 28, 2017 ... Linguamatics today announced a partnership with premium ... agreement allows pharmaceutical companies to extract key insights ... text mining technology. The Linguamatics ... the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies. The Linguamatics-Dow ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: