White blood cells, which play an important role in immune system and thus defend against many of chronic diseases such as Tuberculosis. A new study found that new tissue culture with human WBC shows how people with latent TB attacks are protected from other diseases by a critical early step in their immune response.
More than 2 billion people worldwide are thought to be infected with TB bacteria, and an estimated 1.3 million people died of TB in 2012. People who are infected can harbor the bacterium without symptoms for decades, but about one in 10 will develop active disease characterized by a chronic cough and chest pain.
The director of the Center for Microbial Interface Biology at Ohio State, Dr. Schlesinger says that Knowing more about the intricacies of this collection of cells could speed testing of experimental drugs and establish a new part of the immune response to consider targeting with therapies.
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