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A New Therapy Against Tuberculosis: NOD-2 Derived Dendritic Cells

Jul 27, 2016 1:00:57 PM / by Dalia Gaddis posted in Bone Marrow, infections, Innovation, intracellular pathogens, Lung, Mycobacterium, research, tuberculosis


Scientists find that NOD-2 derived dendritic cells have superior bactericidal activity.

Intracellular bacterial infections, such as tuberculosis, Listeria or E. coli, are serious health threats. All can be deadly if our immune system fails to contain and get rid of the infection promptly. Scientists have just found a way to make dendritic cells better at restricting the growth of intracellular bacteria, particularly tuberculosis.

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Call of Duty: Monocytes Patrol the Blood Vessels and Prevent Lung Cancer Metastasis

Dec 2, 2015 1:00:31 PM / by Dalia Gaddis posted in metastasis, patrol, Cancer, Cancer Immunology, Lung, research, surveillance


Researchers find that patrolling monocytes inhibit lung cancer metastasis by surveilling the lung blood vessels.

Learning that their cancer has metastasized, or in simpler terms, spread from the original cancer site to another, is one of cancer patients’ worst fears. Lung cancer metastasis is one of the most common forms of metastasis. It originates in other cancer sites, for example breast, bladder, colon, or prostate, and spreads to the lung. Treatment of lung cancer metastasis involves chemotherapy mostly, but surgery, radiation, or laser therapy are also used. Lung cancer metastasis is difficult to treat, and life expectancy is usually five years or less depending on disease severity at the time of diagnosis1.

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