Author: Ines P.

  • Silica particles vs. the immune system

    Silica particles vs. the immune system

    Let’s cover a topic that is rarely discussed in immunology – Silicosis. Have you ever imagined what happens when you breathe in silica? Silica particles cause a severe condition called silicosis. As Ganesan et al. explain that silicosis is a fibrotic lung disease caused by the inhalation of respirable silica particles. Where can we be […]

  • Another Novel Zoonotic Virus: The Langya henipavirus!

    Another Novel Zoonotic Virus: The Langya henipavirus!

    Picture source: CDC Recent reports from the eastern region of China in the New England Journal of Medicine mentioned 35 patients showing feverish symptoms, infected with a novel zoonotic virus (virus of animal origin that can infect humans). The virus, Langya henipavirus (LayV), was named after the town “Langya“ where the first patient infected with […]

  • The One where he Receives a Pig’s Heart

    The One where he Receives a Pig’s Heart

    Throughout history, people have experimented with transplantation and transfusion. Until the discovery of Human Leukocyte Antigen, blood groups, and tissue typing – donors commonly consisted of animals. My favorite one was using lamb blood because of religious aspects (Lamb of God), although it did not work as often. Expected, right? However, today with genetic modification […]

  • Can our adipose tissue handle an infection?

    Can our adipose tissue handle an infection?

    A little fat won’t kill you – well, this may be a lie, but could I interest you in a story where a little fat could ‘save’ you after infection? This discovery definitely got my motor running. Could the adipocyte (a fat cell) act as an immune cell and clear the infection? Unfortunately, Caputa et […]

  • Neutrophils help organs heal

    Neutrophils help organs heal

    Most of us had our knees bruised when we were kids: riding a bicycle, climbing the trees, playing soccer… and it was so fascinating to look at the tissue healing process following that – the development of fibrotic tissue, skin remodeling, and so on… Only much later in our life, did we come to know […]

  • Microbiota makes our intestines move and keeps the worms away

    Microbiota makes our intestines move and keeps the worms away

    Image source: CDC The word “infection” is often associated with either bacteria or virus, but we all know there are some other bad guys that can infect us too. One must not forget about- the parasites. Even though they are more common in the rural areas where hygiene is still an issue, WHO counts that […]

  • A better method for T cell isolation is not so enigMATIC anymore

    A better method for T cell isolation is not so enigMATIC anymore

    When we talk on the topic of cancer therapies, the first one that comes to my mind is adoptive T cell therapy using tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). It has received a lot of good reviews in the last couple of years and persists as a promising tumor therapy for the future. It works on the principle […]

  • The Immune side of Endometriosis

    The Immune side of Endometriosis

    “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” – Simone de Beauvoir. Throughout the years, young girls have been taught that with their first bleeding they will become ‘women’. Even though that is not exactly what Simone meant when she uttered her very famous words, menstruation does bring certain differences in the life of […]

  • Welcome to Immunity, Red Blood Cells

    Welcome to Immunity, Red Blood Cells

    In our childhood, we have been taught that our blood cells are divided into immune cells or white blood cells and non-immune cells containing red blood cells (RBCs) and platelets. This blog article shatters that notion and questions if RBCs can join the elite club of immune cells. Previously, Lam and colleagues demonstrated that RBCs […]

  • Now take a deep breath and calm your immune system.

    Now take a deep breath and calm your immune system.

    Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak we witnessed the good (rapid vaccine development and production, alongside the amazing work done by our healthcare workers), the bad (misinformation spreading) and the ugly (higher mortality rates due to COVID-19 infection and post-infection COVID-19 syndrome). While, during the peak of crisis researchers prioritized the treatments and side effects, now we […]