Category Archives: Immunology, inflammation, infectiology and microbiology

A microbiota bacterium protects the large intestine from inflammation

The microbiota, which is the term used to describe all micro-organisms living in the mucous membranes, is vital for our health and affects our development, metabolism, immune system etc. However, most of the mechanisms which allow it to play this important role have yet to be discovered. Researchers in Inserm Unit 892 “Nantes-Angers regional cancer research centre” have recently identified one of the mechanisms by which the microbiota enables our immune system to prevent inflammation of the large intestine. Their findings will be published on the Plos Biology website on 9 April.

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Europe supports stem cell research for the treatment of diabetes

The HumEn project aims to develop insulin-producing cells as a future cell replacement therapy for diabetes.

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Regulatory T cells, ensuring a good immune memory

In this new research, published in the Science review, the team of researchers directed by Sebastian Amigorena (Institut Curie / Inserm U932 Immunity and Cancer unit) demonstrates that the regulatory T cells are also important during immune responses to external antigens, i.e. during infection.

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