Auto Immune Disease

Immune system important in atherosclerosis

The immune system plays an important role in the development of atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of cardiovascular diseases. Thomas van der Heijden has discovered that immunosuppressants may play a preventative role. ...

Dec 19, 2017
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Key to immune system's memory revealed

Monash University's Biomedicine Discovery Institute scientists have defined a novel molecular 'blueprint' that plays a pivotal part in the immune system's ability to fight disease by 'remembering' infections. Understanding ...

Dec 19, 2017
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Modulating immune responses

The protein Roquin plays a key role in the regulation of immune reactions. LMU researchers have now uncovered details of the mechanism by which it controls the function of regulatory T cells in the adaptive arm of the immune ...

Dec 13, 2017
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New treatment approach for autoimmune disorder

Researchers from Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been able to improve their understanding of the key mechanism involved in the pathogenesis of a serious autoimmune disease. For the first time, researchers were ...

Nov 03, 2017
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Auto-immune disease: The viral route is confirmed

Why would our immune system turn against our own cells? This is the question that the combined Inserm/CNRS/ Pierre and Marie Curie University/Association Institut de Myologie have strived to answer in their "Therapies for ...

Dec 19, 2012
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Autoimmune diseases arise from an inappropriate immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks its own cells. This may be restricted to certain organs (e.g. in autoimmune thyroiditis) or involve a particular tissue in different places (e.g. Goodpasture's disease which may affect the basement membrane in both the lung and the kidney). The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically with immunosuppression—medication which decreases the immune response.

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