A Way Through the Crowd: Motility of macrophages in a dense microenvironment

Macrophages – the most versatile and multipurpose cells of the immune system – scavenge away pathogens and sick cells to protect us from diseases. We have previously mentioned how macrophages also happen to be present in almost every tissue to perform this very function. Most of the immune cells continuously circulate in the blood, but in aContinue reading “A Way Through the Crowd: Motility of macrophages in a dense microenvironment”

New Role for Ductal Cells in Type 1 Diabetes

Despite owning the same genetic material, our cells carry out highly specialized functions and vary from each other in many phenotypic aspects. Interestingly, when in troubled times (i.e., under stressful conditions) certain cells change their characteristic protein expression and turn into something completely unexpected, to help us survive. Fasolino and group shed light on suchContinue reading “New Role for Ductal Cells in Type 1 Diabetes”

A Song of Marrow and Microbes

Stem cells! Iron! Macrophages! Red blood cells! Butyrate! Gut microbiota! No, we are not just blurting out random terms (stick with us till the end to read the full story). These keywords summarize a study by Zhang and colleagues that was published in Cell Stem Cell earlier this month. However, summarizing the work in a singleContinue reading “A Song of Marrow and Microbes”

The Spoils of Epstein-Barr Virus and Its Role in Multiple Sclerosis

Picture source: iStock, Health Central 2022 is off to a great start for Science as Harvard researchers published a study that potentially solves a longstanding question: Can viral infections cause Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? According to their findings, the answer is yes, we can confidently say that Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), a long-term suspect for causing thisContinue reading “The Spoils of Epstein-Barr Virus and Its Role in Multiple Sclerosis”

Goodnight, Sleep tight, don’t take your immunity light!

“Early to bed and early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy and wise.” Day and night have existed for as long as the earth and sun- since before the beginning of life forms. So, it is not surprising that a large number of organisms, including all eukaryotes, have evolved considering day and night cycles. TheseContinue reading “Goodnight, Sleep tight, don’t take your immunity light!”

The COVID-19 Research Rundown

The grim COVID-19 pandemic shows no sign of stopping, with the Delta variant bringing new waves of infections across the world. Thankfully, the vaccination efforts are running on full throttle leading to rarer cases of adverse effects, at least amongst the vaccinated crowds (1). And now that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine has been approved byContinue reading “The COVID-19 Research Rundown”

New Role of Macrophages Concerning Ischemic Injuries Discovered

Blood vessels, like roads, connect all parts of our body to the heart. Through those well enclosed walls, blood circulates to every crevice to deliver oxygen and nutrients vital for survival of tissues. The heart pumps blood into the aorta that branches out into arteries that in turn further branch into capillaries, together fulfilling theContinue reading “New Role of Macrophages Concerning Ischemic Injuries Discovered”

A Combo offer to deal with Melanoma: Latest Development with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Modern Science has experienced huge breakthroughs over the last decades, one of the major ones being the discovery of immune checkpoints and their inhibitors. The checkpoint inhibitors revolutionized the stagnant field of cancer biology and were responsible for the rise of cancer immunotherapies. Immunotherapies command the immune system to destroy tumors by using antibodies againstContinue reading “A Combo offer to deal with Melanoma: Latest Development with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors”

Stopping Malaria at Its Source

This generation has experienced how a novel pathogen can cause a pandemic leading to turmoil, destruction of life, and deterioration of living conditions. What about pathogens that have been in our environments for decades? Malaria, spread by mosquito bites is prevalent throughout the equatorial regions (Sub Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America) and also occursContinue reading “Stopping Malaria at Its Source”

Global Warming Impacts Not Only Our Environment, But Also Our Health

Picture credits: CNN COVID may have been terrible for humanity but was beneficial for our earth. Despite of countless calls to action from scientists and activists alike, the human race failed to make the strides necessary to stop global warming from progressing to irreversible levels, resulting in increased frequency of natural disasters and diseases. TheContinue reading “Global Warming Impacts Not Only Our Environment, But Also Our Health”