Tag Archives: Cells

Impeding white blood cells in antiphospholipid syndrome reduced blood clots

For men and women affected with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), blood thinners are the main treatment option. “Unfortunately, treatment with blood thinners does not prevent all cases of blood clotting in APS,” says Jason Knight, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of rheumatology at Michigan Medicine. APS is an autoimmune condition characterized by blood clots in both… Read More »

Salmonella can hijack immune cells to spread around the body

Salmonella can cause food poisoning if ingestedScience Photo Library/Getty Images By Yvaine Ye Salmonella can hijack immune cells and use them to spread around the body. Experiments in mouse cells suggest the bacteria do this by disrupting electrical signals in the gut. Our intestines have small electric fields, caused by charged ions, such as potassium… Read More »

Like racecars and geese, cancer cells draft their way to new tumor sites

by Heidi Hall Finding gives boost to fighting through cell metabolism NASCAR has nothing on cancer cells when it comes to exploiting the power of drafting, letting someone else do the hard work of moving forward while you coast behind. Building on the relatively new discovery that metastatic cancer cells leave tumors and travel in clusters,… Read More »

Harvard study finds cells recall their early development

When cells grow up, they remember their childhoods. A new study has found that adult cells keep a record of which genes were activated during their early development. Even more surprisingly, the memory is retrievable: Under certain lab conditions, cells can play the story of their development in reverse, switching on genes that were active… Read More »