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Lung Tissue Remodels: Support Immune Response To Influenza

Immunology researchers at the Babraham Institute have discovered; how lung tissue in mice has remodeled in response to infection with influenza; in order to support an immune system response. A key result of this tissue remodeling is the production of antibodies; with the ability to provide protection against a wider range of related viruses. Firstly,…

BEE

Dangerous Bee Virus: Innocent Bystander

Researchers at the University of Sydney have found that; the relationship between the tissue-sucking Varroa mite and virulence of a virus of honey bees; has most likely been misunderstood.The study challenges the long-held belief that the parasitic Varroamite; a mite that sucks the tissue of honey bees — transmits the Deformed Wing Virus of honeybees; and in doing so…

Mosquito

Insecticide Resistance Genes Affect West Nile Virus

In a context of overuse of insecticides, which leads to the selection of resistant mosquitoes; it is already known that this resistance to insecticides affects interactions between mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit. Researchers from the Institut Pasteur (Paris) and its partners prove that mechanisms of insecticide resistance; observed in Culex quinquefasciatus vector, impact the transmission of…

SARS

An Antibody: Shows An Unexpected Mode Of Action

Studies of human monoclonal antibodies isolated from survivors of coronavirus-induced severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or Middle-East respiratory syndrome (MERS) are unveiling surprising immune defense tactics against fatal viruses. Atomic and molecular information about the workings of the highly potent antibodies may provide insights to prevent these serious and sometimes deadly lung infections. Currently, no…

Influenza vaccination

Inhibit Viral Proteins: By Anti-flu Antibodies

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have discovered that antibodies that may form the basis of a universal flu vaccine inhibit a second viral protein in addition to the one that they bind. The study, in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, reveals that antibodies that recognize the viral surface protein hemagglutinin can also inhibit the…

Virus kills tumor in mice

Virus Kill Tumors In Mice With Retinoblastoma

An international team of researchers reports; that modifying an adenovirus a certain way made it an effective tumor killer in mice with retinoblastoma. In their paper published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the researchers describe modifying the virus and testing its effectiveness in treating retinoblastoma. Retinoblastoma, as its name implies, is a cancer of the…

Type 1 diabetes

In Type 1 Diabetes: Link Between Rotavirus Vaccine & Decline

A drop in the number of young children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This associates with the introduction of routine rotavirus vaccination of Australian infants. This is according to a new study by Melbourne researchers. The researchers investigated the number of Australian children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes from 2000 to 2015. They found that…