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Protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 could last eight months or more

The findings, based on analyses of blood samples from 188 COVID-19 patients, suggest that responses to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, from all major players in the "adaptive" immune system, which learns to fight specific pathogens, can last for...
6-Jan-2021 12:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

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New 3D maps reveal inner workings of immune cell gene expression

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how our small genetic differences can have a tremendous effect on how our bodies respond to disease. Researchers have created 3D maps of how enhancer sequences and genes interact in several types of immune...
21-Dec-2020 12:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Researchers discover new particle in the blood of septic patients

Researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) have found that people with sepsis have never-before-seen particles in their blood. The scientists are the first to show that these particles, called elongated neutrophil-derived structures...
4-Dec-2020 1:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

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New study points to a better way to ward off asthma triggers

While quick-acting inhalers and medications can reduce inflammation during an asthma attack, people with asthma have few tools to prevent the next attack from coming. Now researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) have discovered that...
11-Nov-2020 3:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Fighting Zika? Call in the T cells

In a new Science Advances study, Shresta and her colleagues at LJI report that the immune system's T cells have the power to prevent Zika infection in mice. This finding suggests that effective Zika vaccines need to activate T cells to work...
30-Oct-2020 1:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Diabetes researchers spot dangerous T cells in the pancreas—even in healthy people

It's long been thought that having "autoreactive" T cells in the pancreas was a sure sign of type 1 diabetes. Yet a new study led by scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) shows that even healthy people have these cells lurking in the...
12-Oct-2020 4:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Every COVID-19 case seems different. These scientists want to know why.

A new international study led by scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI), The University of Liverpool and the University of Southampton is the first to give a detailed snapshot of how the body's CD4+ T cells respond to the SARS-CoV-2...
6-Oct-2020 2:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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A step toward helping patients breathe deeply

In a new study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) report that a protein called TL1A drives fibrosis in several mouse models, triggering tissue remodeling, and making it harder for lungs and airways to function normally.
24-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Dr. Matthias von Herrath named world’s leading type 1 diabetes expert

Dr. Matthias von Herrath, M.D., who founded the Type 1 Diabetes Center at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) has been identified as the world’s top expert in Type 1 Diabetes by Expertscape, an organization that provides tools to quickly and...
12-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST

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