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 knowContinue reading “Neutrophils help organs heal”

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 thatContinue reading “Microbiota makes our intestines move and keeps the worms away”

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 principleContinue reading “A better method for T cell isolation is not so enigMATIC anymore”

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 ofContinue reading “The Immune side of Endometriosis”

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 RBCsContinue reading “Welcome to Immunity, Red Blood Cells”

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 weContinue reading “Now take a deep breath and calm your immune system.”

The Immunology Behind a Sunburn

“In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can stretch right out and touch the sky…” If you love 70’s classics, you must have heard these lyrics in the “In the Summertime” song by Mungo Jerry. Well, it is summertime, the weather is hot, but considering the climate change and loss of our ozoneContinue reading “The Immunology Behind a Sunburn”

Plants- The New COVID19 Vaccine Manufacturers

Remember how we were taught in school that plants provide us with food, oxygen, rain, and shelter? Well, get ready to teach the new generation about the newest addition to that list! While we witnessed the emergence of new and rapid vaccine production during the COVID-19 pandemic using viral vectors (Sputnjik, AstraZeneca) and mRNA vaccinesContinue reading “Plants- The New COVID19 Vaccine Manufacturers”

Q&A with Alyssa Walker: Studying neurodegenerative diseases in C. elegans

The author of the article “Colonization of the Caenorhabditis elegans gut with human enteric bacterial pathogens leads to proteostasis disruption that is rescued by butyrate”, Alyssa Walker got her bachelor’s degree at The University of Florida where she majored in animal biology. She has extensive research as a veterinary technician on small animals and dairy farms. Currently,Continue reading “Q&A with Alyssa Walker: Studying neurodegenerative diseases in C. elegans”

Were we born with a microbiome? Maybe, maybe not!

Although ‘bacteria may be the only culture some people have’, just like good manners, bacteria in our microbiome are also something we acquire over time in our life. To understand the role of microbiome (and its variations) in health and disease, we first need to understand when humans start forming their first microbiome. The presenceContinue reading “Were we born with a microbiome? Maybe, maybe not!”