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#OMFScienceWednesdays-What do T cells and B cells do?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Ben H, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. Ben H

    Ben H OMF Correspondent

    Hi guys,

    On this #OMFScienceWednesday, we look at two cell types in our immune system that have been particularly interesting for ME/CFS research lately: T cells and B cells.

    Both of these cell types are important for defending us against infections, but they do so in different ways:

    B cells produce antibodies to 'capture’ invading germs. Sometimes they produce autoantibodies that mistakenly also target our own tissues, and some studies suggest this is happening in ME/CFS. The drug Rituximab, which is believed to deplete B cells, has been tested in patients in hopes of curbing overactivity of B cells (see last week's post for more:

    T cells use other methods, including signalling via cytokine production. A subset known as 'killer’ T cells directly target and eliminate infected cells. Stay tuned for upcoming posts explaining the research we are funding on T cells at the ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at Stanford!

    Read more about what makes T cells and B cells special:

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  2. PinkPanda

    PinkPanda Senior Member

    Thankyou for posting! I was just trying to understand this, but didn't really have energy to look up much :thumbsup::lol:

    Does anybody know if there are any findings or theories on how T cells behave in ME/CFS?
  3. Cam Newton

    Cam Newton

    Any idea when the Mark Davis update video will be released? You guys initially said it would be released during the Christmas holidays.

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