Infographic: A Cellular Defense Against Ebola Virus
Infographic: A Cellular Defense Against Ebola Virus
A recent study sheds light on a previously unknown mechanism for fending off the pathogen, and potentially other viruses as well.
Infographic: A Cellular Defense Against Ebola Virus
Infographic: A Cellular Defense Against Ebola Virus

A recent study sheds light on a previously unknown mechanism for fending off the pathogen, and potentially other viruses as well.

A recent study sheds light on a previously unknown mechanism for fending off the pathogen, and potentially other viruses as well.

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Immune Genes Protect Cells from Ebola Virus and SARS-CoV-2
Immune Genes Protect Cells from Ebola Virus and SARS-CoV-2
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Dec 1, 2020
A pathway involved in the adaptive immune system, a relative newcomer in the world of pathogen defense, may have a more ancient role in protecting cells from invading viruses.
Lipid Droplets Are Intracellular Bacteria-Fighting Machines
Lipid Droplets Are Intracellular Bacteria-Fighting Machines
Ruth Williams | Oct 15, 2020
Far from being inert fat-storage depots within cells, these lipid-loaded organelles recruit immune proteins and block bacterial growth.
Kids’ Severe COVID-19 Reaction Bears Unique Immune Signature
Kids’ Severe COVID-19 Reaction Bears Unique Immune Signature
Shawna Williams | Sep 29, 2020
The rare complication known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) differs from both Kawasaki disease and severe adult cases of COVID-19, a study finds.
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Seeking an Early COVID-19 Drug, Researchers Look to Interferons
Seeking an Early COVID-19 Drug, Researchers Look to Interferons
Alakananda Dasgupta | Jul 20, 2020
These antiviral proteins are produced by the body as a natural defense against viral infections and synthetic interferons might help prevent or treat the beginning stages of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
SARS-CoV-2 Protein Hampers Innate Immune Reaction In Vitro
SARS-CoV-2 Protein Hampers Innate Immune Reaction In Vitro
Abby Olena | May 21, 2020
The viral protein known as ORF3b limits the induction of the type I interferon response, which typically alerts other immune system components to the presence of a virus, in cultured cells.
Novel DNA-Sensing Pathway Found in Human Cells, Absent in Mice
Novel DNA-Sensing Pathway Found in Human Cells, Absent in Mice
Catherine Offord | Jan 24, 2020
This previously unknown mechanism for spotting foreign genetic material in the cytoplasm launches antiviral defenses even when the well-known immune mediator STING is absent.
Innate Immune Cells May Actually Remember Their Targets
Innate Immune Cells May Actually Remember Their Targets
Emma Yasinski | May 10, 2019
Human natural killer cells, previously considered not to participate in adaptive immunity, remember viral antigens after initial exposures, according to a new study.
Image of the Day: An Infectious Glow
Image of the Day: An Infectious Glow
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 7, 2019
In CRISPRed fruit flies that lack certain antimicrobial peptides, bacterial infections flourish, as revealed by fluorescent markers.
Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses
Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses
Shawna Williams | Apr 9, 2018
The antimicrobial drug neomycin protects mice from some viral infections, complicating the picture of the relationship between antibiotics and susceptibility to viruses.