About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us

Researchers Discover Virus That can Grow Immune System

by Kathy Jones on March 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM
 Researchers Discover Virus That can Grow Immune System

In a finding that could lead to the development of a new treatment for cholera, researchers have discovered a virus that can grow an immune system of its own and kill the bacteria that causes cholera.

According to the report published in the journal Nature, researchers at Tufts University in the US were initially analyzing the DNA sequences of a bacteriophage, a virus that infects a bacteria, taken from the stool samples of cholera patients in Bangladesh.


The researchers discovered genes of a functional immune system that was limited only to some types of bacteria. The researchers found that only those viruses that have this type of immune system can kill the cholera causing bacteria.

"The immune system allows the phage to target and destroy specific inhibitory genes of the host cell by literally cutting the target genes into pieces. By disarming these genes, the phage essentially disarms the host cell, and can then proceed with the infection and kill the host cell", lead researcher Kimberley Seed said.

Source: Medindia
Font : A-A+



Recommended Readings

Latest Research News

Unlocking the Gut Microbiome's Influence on Bone Density
Scientists aim to pinpoint particular functional pathways affected by these bacteria that may have an impact on skeletal health.
Hop-Derived Compound Reduces Gut Microbe Linked to Metabolic Syndrome
Consuming a diet rich in saturated fats triggers persistent, low-level inflammation within the body, ultimately contributing to the onset of metabolic syndrome.
Breakthrough in Mosquitoes for Fighting Dengue Fever
Ae. aegypti mosquitoes are carriers of "arthropod-borne" or "arbo-" viruses, which encompass the dengue virus, yellow fever virus, Zika virus, and chikungunya virus.
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks: Link to Traumatic Brain Injury and Dementia?
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks are detected in approximately 1-3% of adults who have experienced a traumatic brain injury.
Astrocyte Activation Through Optogenetics: A New Hope in the Fight Against Alzheimer's
The optogenetic activation of hippocampal astrocytes can be viewed as a novel therapeutic avenue for addressing Alzheimer's disease.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
Greetings! How can I assist you?MediBot

Researchers Discover Virus That can Grow Immune System Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests