British researchers find the ‘Cold Virus Clue’

November 3rd, 2010 - 6:53 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Nov 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) British scientists have announced that they have found new mechanism that the body uses to fight diseases. Scientists initially believed that the body fought infections by blocking access to individual cells to disease causing organisms. It turned out in the new research that the body uses a different approach to fight diseases.

The researchers found that antibodies continue to fight infections even when the disease causing organism gains entry into a healthy cell. Antibodies attach themselves to these organisms and even when they gain entry to healthy cells, the disease causing organisms are identified by a protein called TRIM21 because of the attachment of the antibodies.

The virus is then destroyed by the cell after being discovered. Scientists believe the new discovery will help scientists find a way to fight infections. They believe by increasing the amount of TRIM21 protein available to the cell, the cell will be in a better position to fight infections.

Prof. Hugh Pelham of the Medical Research Council is one of the scientists that believe the new insight into how the body fight infections will help develop better ways of handling diseases. He said that, “This is a natural defense mechanism, but obviously once we’ve understood this new mechanism, we can add drugs that can enhance or sustain that response and help the body to do this”.

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