Killer white blood cells could make organ rejection historyAugust 22nd, 2010 - 4:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 22 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that a type of killer white blood cell in the body could make organ rejection history.
The cells suppress the immune response in the livers of mice, without affecting the rest of the immune system.
Marta Monteiro and colleagues at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, found that these cells could be used to create immune-tolerant organs for transplant.
According to New Scientist, the team studied mice protected from the animal equivalent of multiple sclerosis by natural killer T-cells (NKT), the class of white blood cell, which helps to control the immune system.
They found that NKT cells that have a gene that controls so-called regulatory T-cells, whose role is to suppress the immune response.
When injected into mice, the NKTreg cells headed straight for the liver, where they suppressed immune function.
“Using these new cells we might achieve organ acceptance in liver transplants, without touching the remaining immune system,” said co-author Luis Graca.
The study is published in the Journal of Immunology. (ANI)
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