Salk scientists find surprising link between immune system, hair growth – BIOENGINEER.ORG

LA JOLLA— (June 23, 2022) Salk scientists have uncovered an unexpected molecular target of a common treatment for alopecia, a condition in which a person’s immune system attacks their own hair follicles, causing hair loss. The findings, published in Nature Immunology on June 23, 2022, describes how immune cells called regulatory T cells interact with … Read more

Mount Sinai researchers learn that ALS may be linked to both the immune and central nervous systems – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The immune system may play a fundamental role along with the central nervous system in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” Mount Sinai researchers report. Their study, published on June 22 in Naturecould have significant implications for diagnosing and treating the devastating neurodegenerative disease. The immune system may play a fundamental … Read more

How tumors make immune cells ‘go bad’

Investigators from Cedars-Sinai Cancer have discovered that cancerous tumors called soft-tissue sarcomas produce a protein that switches immune cells from tumor-attacking to tumor-promoting. The study, published today in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Reports, could lead to improved treatments for soft-tissue sarcomas. The researchers focused on the tumor microenvironment — an ecosystem of blood vessels and … Read more

Wistar scientists identify novel therapeutic approach to re-activate immune response against tumors – BIOENGINEER.ORG

PHILADELPHIA – (June 21, 2022) – Due to the development of resistance to chemotherapy and recurrent tumors, patients with ovarian cancer often have low survival rates. Therefore, new therapeutic options such as targeted therapy that boosts antitumor immunity are needed to improve ovarian cancer treatment efficacy and patient survival. PHILADELPHIA – (June 21, 2022) – … Read more

A Tiny Change in Jab Strategy Might Reduce COVID-19 Vaccine Fatigue, Mouse Study Finds

First there’s weakness and throbbing in the arm muscles that take on the immune-teaching chemicals. Then the fatigue and aches spread until your whole body is complaining. It turns out those of us who experience this reaction to the COVID-19 vaccines have markers in our blood that indicate a more active immune response, but a … Read more

‘Masked’ Cancer Drug Kills Tumors While Sparing Healthy Tissue, Early Results Show

Many cancer treatments are notoriously savage on the body. Drugs often attack both healthy cells and tumor cells, causing a plethora of side effects. Immunotherapies that help the immune system recognize and attack cancer cells are no different. Though they have prolonged the lives of countless patients, they work in only a subset of patients. … Read more

Immune recognition of self and non-self explored in new study – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Unless you are an identical twin, you probably aren’t often mistaken for someone else. Likewise, our own sense of self as distinct from all other humans is deeply ingrained since early childhood. Unless you are an identical twin, you probably aren’t often mistaken for someone else. Likewise, our own sense of self as distinct from … Read more

UCLA study finds strategy to degrade a key cancer cell-surface protein to invigorate immune attack on tumors – BIOENGINEER.ORG

LOS ANGELES – One powerful way cancer cells defend against tumor-killing immune cells is to load up their cell surface with a protein known as PD-L1. Now a team of UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers led by Roger S. Lo, MD, PhD, has identified a method to degrade tumor cell-surface PD-L1, thereby making tumors … Read more

Study Shines Light on Immune Responses for Long-Lasting Protection From COVID-19

New study shines light on the longevity of COVID-19 immune response. By uniting research from 8 cohorts across the United States, a group of researchers has accelerated the collection of comprehensive data in answering questions about immune responses needed for long-lasting protection from[{” attribute=””>SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The description of the cohorts, the … Read more

The Human Heart Can Repair Itself, And We Now Know Which Cells Are Crucial For It

Our bodies are pretty ingenious when it comes to self-repair, and scientists have been studying in detail the ways in which the heart patches itself up after a heart attack (myocardial infarction). They hope to find clues that could lead to better treatments for cardiovascular problems. New research has revealed that the immune response of … Read more