Immunology

Shedding more light on how the body controls our immune systems

The membrane attack complex (MAC) is a set of proteins typically formed on the surface of pathogen cell membranes. They punch tiny holes in an invading bacteria's membrane. The bacteria ultimately dies if enough holes are ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Patients combatting SARS-CoV-2 may develop myocarditis

Sometimes, when you're fighting off a virus or bacterial infection, your immune system starts a fight with your heart. When that happens, the heart muscle may become inflamed, a condition called myocarditis.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study highlights 'moralisation' of COVID response and restrictions

A collaborative study led by the University of Otago has shown that COVID-19 containment and elimination efforts have become moralised. As a result, people are more likely to accept collateral damage from these efforts, such ...

Cardiology

Atherosclerosis: Induced cell death destabilizes plaques

Many chronic disorders arise from misdirected immune responses. A Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) team led by Oliver Söhnlein now shows that neutrophils exacerbate atherosclerosis by inducing smooth muscle-cell death ...

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