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article imageStudy: New protein use may improve immune system response

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 23, 2014 in Health
A new molecule allows the body to better handle infection by allowing the T and B cells to change their reaction to certain bacteria. When given NFATc3 the cells produced more of the nitric oxide (NO) needed to fight infections.
Scientist have for years studied the reactions and molecules needed in order to properly control the inflammatory response. For many patients this response is essential to keeping them healthy and safe from a variety of bacterial ailments. More testing needs to be done but it is promising.
This new finding was published online in the Journal of Innate Immunity. The writers claim the NFATc3 gene can help boost the production of NO in nearby antibodies. This would allow them to more quickly suppress any bacteria and limit the impact of an inflammatory response. While we have certainly known about this before now this is a new way to use it in treatment.
If this study proves to be true it could be a very useful way to add additional NO to any system. Early reports are promising as it does appear the increase of NO is a positive factor for the immune system dealing with infection. While that application is clear previous studies have shown varying effects on different strains. As such this appears to be a useful additional treatment but not a cure-all for inflammation and infection as some might hope.
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