Researchers find new mechanism that controls immune responses
from Health Canal
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a common signaling mechanism to produce interferon — one of the main proteins used to signal the immune system when the body needs to defend itself against a virus, tumor or other diseases. The findings are important for understanding the body's immune defense system, searching for compounds to turn the immune system on or off, and they may help combat autoimmune diseases, in which overactive immune cells attack healthy tissues.
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