UVA Discovers Another Immune System Link Science Said Didn’t Exist

March 24, 2017 by

The University of Virginia School of Medicine has again shown that a part of the body thought to be disconnected from the immune system actually interacts with it, and that discovery helps explain cases of male infertility, certain autoimmune diseases and even the failure of cancer vaccines.

Scientists developing such vaccines may need to reconsider their work in light of the new findings or risk unintentionally sabotaging their own efforts. CIC member, Dr. Kenneth Tung said that many vaccines likely are failing simply because researchers are picking the wrong targets – targets that aren’t actually foreign to the immune system and thus won’t provoke the desired immune responses.

 

To read further:

The UVA Today article.

Tung’s recent article in ‘The Journal of Clinical Investigation”