Holes in T cells: previously
unknown function of immune cells revealed
The researchers simply discovered that positive
T cells can secrete cytokines that are commonly part
he innate immune system.
They have now discovered numerous previously unknown properties
these immune cells that could be applied
both in autoimmune diseases and in the prevention of fungal infections.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Leibniz
Institute for Studies of Natural Products and Pollution Biology
research team, was published in the journal Nature Immunology.
T cells belong to the adaptive immune machine
, which recognizes foreign antigens and, in particular, fights
Dedicated T cells perform
distinctive functions in this technique
So-called helper T cells secrete cytokines that attract
other immune cells to the site of infection and cause irritation there.
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