Topic List : Immunology
Gut bugs influence flu vaccine response
Decimating levels of intestinal bacteria with antibiotics reduced the immune system’s responsiveness to a seasonal influenza vaccination, a Stanford-led study found.
Microbiome initiative launched
The Stanford Microbiome Therapies Initiative is backed by gifts from Marc and Lynne Benioff and Mark and Debra Leslie and is focused on developing and testing new disease therapies.
Tiny microbial proteins may affect human health
The bacteria in and on our bodies make thousands of tiny, previously unidentified proteins that could shed light on human health and advance drug development, Stanford researchers have found.
Forgotten immune cells slow MS in mice
Stanford researchers have identified immune cells that help reduce the severity of a disease in mice akin to multiple sclerosis. These cells could one day be useful therapeutic targets in treating autoimmune diseases.
Immune cells speed aging brains’ demise
Stanford researchers have found intrusive immune cells in a place in the brains of humans and older mice where new nerve cells are born. The intruders appear to impair nerve cell generation.
Calming immune cells to treat stroke in mice
Instead of trying to fix stroke-damaged nerve cells, Stanford scientists took aim at a set of first-responder immune cells that live outside the brain but rush to the site of a stroke. It worked.
Stanford aids fight against antibiotic resistance
A Stanford program has been designated as a collaborating center to help the World Health Organization combat the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.
Effects of smoke from wildfire vs. controlled burn
Immune markers and pollutant levels in the blood indicate wildfire smoke may be more harmful to children’s health than smoke from a controlled burn, Stanford researchers found.
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.