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Regulating immune regulators

Jul. 17, 2014—Understanding how to control the generation of regulatory T cells could have important implications for treating autoimmunity and cancer.

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Study finds ‘hot’ frogs fight off fungal pathogen

Jul. 9, 2014—Simple heat treatments may give the frog immune system a boost and help it fight off a deadly fungal pathogen, according to a new study published July 10 in the journal Nature.

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Respiratory virus vaccine candidate

May. 27, 2014—Virus-like particles containing a protein from human metapneumovirus are a promising vaccine candidate for this respiratory virus.

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Target cell entry to halt Chikungunya virus

Apr. 28, 2014—Understanding how chikungunya virus binds to and enters cells offers a new target for antiviral medications.

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Anthrax bacteria’s signaling systems

Apr. 15, 2014—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a new signaling system that anthrax bacteria uses to infect its host.

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Flu boosts pneumococcal colonization

Mar. 27, 2014—Influenza and parainfluenza infections – but not other respiratory viruses – increase the risk of acquiring pneumococcal bacteria, the most common cause of severe pneumonia.

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Infection research symposium set for April 11

Mar. 20, 2014—The latest research on pneumonic plague, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other life-threatening infections will be discussed during a Symposium on Infection and Immunity April 11 at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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HIV’s impact on B cells

Jan. 15, 2014—Understanding how HIV infection affects immune system B cells may guide strategies for vaccine development.

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Pioneers of Discovery: Investigator seeks to debug cancer’s ‘bad software’

Jan. 9, 2014—Beyond genetics — that’s the call Oliver McDonald, M.D., Ph.D., heard during the year between college and medical school he spent in a lab at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

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Defusing ‘C. diff’ infection

Nov. 8, 2013—Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”) infection is a leading cause of hospital-associated diarrhea, and the frequency and severity of infections are on the rise. D. Borden Lacy, Ph.D., associate professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and colleagues recently demonstrated that the C. difficile toxin, TcdB, induces rapid cell death of human colon cell lines and pig colonic...

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Frog-killing fungus paralyzes amphibian immune response

Oct. 17, 2013—A fungus that is killing frogs and other amphibians around the world releases a toxic factor that disables the amphibian immune response, Vanderbilt University investigators report Oct. 18 in the journal Science.

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Lacy’s crystallographic research achievements recognized

Sep. 19, 2013—D. Borden Lacy, Ph.D., associate professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biochemistry, will receive the 2014 Margaret Etter Award from the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) for outstanding achievement and exceptional potential in crystallographic research demonstrated by a scientist at an early stage of their independent career.

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