Flu Takes Over Immune System
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A study from Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts finds that the flu virus is capable of killing cells in the immune system that help fight off the virus.
The flu virus manipulates the cells receptors in the immune system allowing the virus to enter the immune system and kill anti-body cells.
"This is how the virus gains a foothold. The virus targets memory cells in the lung, which allows infection to be established -- even if the immune system has seen this flu before," Stephanie Dougan, Ploegh lab postdoc, was quoted as saying.
In doing so, Dougan and researchers tracked the virus’ interaction with the cells from the use of experimenting with mice with virus specific cells and cell receptors.
For more information, go to: http://wi.mit.edu/news/archive/2013/flu-virus-wipes-out-immune-system-s-first-responders-establish-infection
SOURCE: Nature, October 2013
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