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The Mannose-Binding Lectin Complement Pathway is activated when mannose-binding lectin binds to mannose found on the surface of pathogens. Subsequent complement activation is similar to the classical complement pathway, but without the need for antigen-antibody complexes. Discover the latest research here.
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Acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis is a rare form of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis characterized by acute inflammation in the brain and spinal cord that causes demyelination and bleeding. It is often fatal, although treatment with immunosuppressives and plasma exchange can be helpful. Find the latest research on acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis here.
Hematopoiesis is the process by which a limited number of hematopoietic stem cells maintain a functioning blood and immune system. Aging of these stem cells leads to several functional changes, including alterations affecting self-renewal and differentiation. Here is the latest research.
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Turner syndrome is a syndrome of defective gonadal development in phenotypic females associated with the karyotype 45,X (or 45,XO). Patients generally are of short stature with undifferentiated gonads (streak gonads), sexual infantilism, hypogonadism, webbing of the neck, cubitus valgus, elevated gonadotropins, decreased estradiol level in blood, and congenital heart defects. Discover the latest research on Turner syndrome here.
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The Immunological Genome Project (ImmGen) aims to build a gene expression database for murine immune cells. This will allow for the computational reconstruction of genetic regulatory networks across the immune system. Follow the latest research from ImmGen researchers here.
The Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) focuses on designing a variety of novel HIV vaccine candidates and advancing the most promising candidates to clinical trials. Follow this feed to stay up to date on this important research from the CAVD.
The aim of the Human Cell Atlas (HCA) is to build reference maps of all human cells in order to enhance our understanding of health and disease. The Seed Networks for the HCA project aims to bring together collaborators with different areas of expertise in order to facilitate the development of the HCA. Find the latest research from members of the HCA Seed Networks here.
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Autophagy preserves the health of cells and tissues by replacing outdated and damaged cellular components with fresh ones. In starvation, it provides an internal source of nutrients for energy generation and, thus, survival. A powerful promoter of metabolic homeostasis at both the cellular and whole-animal level, autophagy prevents degenerative diseases. It does have a downside, however--cancer cells exploit it to survive in nutrient-poor tumors.
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Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative and infectious disorders characterized by structural transition of the host-encoded cellular prion protein into the aberrantly folded pathologic isoform of the protein. Here is the latest research on molecular diagnostic strategies for prion diseases.