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Tag: Cytokines

Basic mouse
Scientists have shown that injection of extracellular vesicles secreted by young adipose-derived stem cells increases fitness and promotes tissue rejuvenation in aged mice [1]. Mode of communication Small extracellular vesicles are one of the ways in which cells communicate with each other [2]. Basically, cells engulf molecules, such as proteins, DNA, and RNA, in pieces...
Confused researcher
In Aging Cell, researchers have published the surprising and counterintuitive finding that older immune cells are able to kill cancer cells more quickly than their younger counterparts. The aging of CD8+ T cells The researchers introduce their subject by discussing CD8+ T cells in the context of aging. These cells form a major part of...
Lung cancer
Researchers have succeeded in beating a type of cancer previously considered incurable by using microcapsules that contained live cytokine-producing cells [1]. IL-2 is potent but toxic Interleukin-2 (IL-2) therapy was the first anti-cancer immunotherapy approved decades ago. It is based on the ability of this inflammatory cytokine to ramp up the body’s immune response to...
Thoughtful old man
A team of Spanish researchers has examined how glucose imbalance leads to neurological disorders through the failure of adipocytokines. What are adipocytokines? These compounds' name seems a bit concerning: "adipo-" refers to fat, and a cytokine is a cellular signal most commonly known for being part of the deadly cytokine storm associated with severe immunological...
mRNA
The current pandemic has brought mRNA vaccines into the spotlight and have likely sped up the widespread adoption and usage of this technology. Now, a company has its sights set on treating cancer with mRNA technology, and the initial animal data is positive. mRNA steps up to treat cancer mRNA vaccines look like they are...
Gut brain inflammation
A recent review published in Cureus shows why fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) might be able to help sufferers of Alzheimer's disease, showing how tightly the gut and brain are intertwined. Why would this ever work? The gut and brain are closely linked through biochemistry, and last month, we published an article about how the gut...