Topic List : Immunology
Immune cells cause osteoarthritis
Mast cells — infamous for secreting allergy-triggering chemicals — also secrete a cartilage-degrading enzyme. Blocking mast cell development, or the activity of the enzyme, protected mice from osteoarthritis in a Stanford study.
Bad bug holes up in tiny stomach glands
A study by Stanford researchers employed state-of-the-art visualization techniques to reveal how Helicobacter pylori, a potentially pathogenic bacterial species that infects half the people on Earth, establishes its niche in the stomach.
Potential for lifetime flu vaccine
Another year, another flu vaccine, because so far scientists haven’t managed to make a vaccine that protects against all strains of flu. A new approach could end that ritual and protect against deadly pandemic flu.
Viruses protect harmful microbe in CF patients
Some viruses sequester antibiotics in the lungs of CF patients, possibly helping drug-resistant bacterial infections develop in the face of large antibiotic doses, a Stanford-led study has shown.
Grant renewal for flu vaccine research
The Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection will use the grant to try to improve the seasonal flu vaccine by analyzing the human immune system in-depth.
Conference on human immune monitoring
The event is set for May 2-3 on campus at the Li Ka Shing Center and will feature leading-edge technology and bioinformatics research by top scientists.
Virus enables chronic wound infection
A virus that infects a dangerous bacteria helps it thrive in wounds, according to a study by Stanford researchers. But a vaccine against the virus dramatically cuts the bacteria’s infectivity.
Gentler pre-transplant treatment with antibody
An antibody to a protein on blood-forming stem cells may allow bone marrow transplants without the need for chemotherapy and radiation, according to a Stanford study.
Positive mindset helps with allergy treatment
Stanford researchers find that positive expectations can make children less anxious about mild but uncomfortable symptoms that arise during treatment for peanut allergies.
Molecular defect in rheumatoid arthritis
In rheumatoid arthritis, immune cells called helper T cells behave differently from their counterparts in healthy cells and in other autoimmune diseases. Stanford scientists have learned why.