‘Bad Guy’ Cells Unexpectedly Prove Vital For Stopping Deadly Bug

July 8, 2016 by klm3b@virginia.edu

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified immune cells vital for protecting us from potentially fatal C. difficile bacterial infections. Surprisingly, those cells are often vilified for their role in causing asthma and allergies. But when it comes to C. difficile, they could be the difference between life and death.

With the discovery, the researchers have answered some of the greatest questions about C. difficile, shed light on why antibiotics lead to severe C. difficile infections and identified a potential way for doctors to prevent the life-threatening infection – and possibly other infections as well.

Dr. William Petri, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health and Carter Immunology Center member, hailed the discovery by UVA’s Erica L. Buonomo and their team of colleagues as “the most remarkable breakthrough I have participated in as a scientist.”

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