Discovery Points to a Crucial Role Red Blood Cells Play in Our Immune Systems - ScienceAlert
Oct 24, 2021 1 min, 2 secs

However, a new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in the US has confirmed red blood cells also play a critical role in inflammation, one that could make a life-or-death difference.

As far back as the middle of last century scientists had their suspicions that red cells played some kind of role in keeping invaders at bay. By the 1990s, researchers were uncovering receptors on red blood cells that responded to inflammatory messenger chemicals called cytokines.

Initial tests on human and chimpanzee blood confirmed they also existed on red blood cells.

Thanks to their recent analysis of blood samples taken from sepsis and COVID-19 patients, the researchers now know that the number of receptors, specifically TLR9, increases during infections.

"Right now when patients in the ICU [intensive care unit] become anemic, which is almost all of our critically ill patients, the standard is to give them blood transfusions, which has long been known to be accompanied by a host of issues including acute lung injury and increased risk of death," says Mangalmurti.

"Now that we know more about the mechanism of anemia, it allows us to look at new therapies for treating acute inflammatory anemia without transfusions, such as blocking TLR9 on the red blood cells."


1. Pro Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey dies at 77 - CNN
Dec 05, 2021 # politics 47 secs
2. Jack Dorsey steps down from Twitter, MicroStrategy snaps up 7K BTC and Square rebrands to Block: Hodler's Digest, Nov. 28-Dec. 4 - Cointelegraph
Dec 05, 2021 # politics 2 mins, 44 secs
3. Enron turned obscure businesspeople into household names. Here's where they are now - CNBC
Dec 02, 2021 # politics 2 mins, 25 secs
4. CNN fires Chris Cuomo - CNN
Dec 05, 2021 # politics 1 min, 22 secs
5. Diabetes: What are the symptoms of high blood sugar? - Daily Express
Dec 06, 2021 # health 40 secs
6. 6 reasons you'll want to switch to the Google Pixel - CNET
Dec 05, 2021 # technology 54 secs
7. Violent LA crime wave, Jacqueline Avant killing result of liberal justice reforms: critics - New York Post
Dec 05, 2021 # entertainment 1 min, 56 secs
8. Biden has a rosy view on the US economy, 3 reasons he may be right
Dec 03, 2021 # breaking 2 secs
9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Gets Final Buffs And Nerfs In Update - Kotaku
Dec 02, 2021 # technology 54 secs
10. Halo weapons added to Destiny 2 in Bungie 30th anniversary event - Eurogamer.net
Dec 08, 2021 # technology 1 min, 14 secs
11. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker to Step Down - The Wall Street Journal
Dec 07, 2021 # politics 16 secs
12. How to Lock Up Your Photos and Videos in Google Photos - Lifehacker
Dec 03, 2021 # technology 26 secs
13. Alleged Google-made renders of ‘Pixel Watch’ surface, may be slightly out of date - 9to5Google
Dec 06, 2021 # technology 1 min, 0 secs
14. Americans with private health insurance to be reimbursed for at-home COVID-19 tests
Dec 02, 2021 # breaking 1 min, 1 sec
15. Newly discovered Comet Leonard to fly by Earth in once-in-a-lifetime event: Here’s how to see it - WFLA
Dec 05, 2021 # science 8 secs
16. “A Wild Journey”: Long-Term HIV Survivor Jeffrey Drew Risks His Life To Undergo Experimental AIDS Cure In ‘Right To Try’ - Deadline
Dec 08, 2021 # health 1 min, 16 secs

SUBSCRIBE

Get monthly updates and free resources.

CONNECT WITH US

© Copyright 2021 365NEWSX - All RIGHTS RESERVED