Science Daily - "Mount Sinai Researchers Discover New Target For Vaccine Development In Abundant Immune Cells"

 – July 24, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

White blood cells called neutrophils play an unexpected role by boosting antibody production. The research, published in Nature Immunology, provides groundbreaking insight into possible new approaches in vaccine development for blood-borne infections and HIV. The research was led by Andrea Cerutti, MD, Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "Our study is important because we discovered a completely new function in an immune cell that has been studied since immunology research began," said Dr. Cerutti. "The interactivity of the neutrophils in the innate immune system with the B-cells of the more sophisticated adaptive immune system shows that neutrophils operate at a much higher level than previously thought and play a very critical role in mounting a robust response to infection." Learn more