Thursday, September 15, 2011

Preventing Killer Flu: Endothelial cells may be factor in preventing cytokine storm

A team from the Scripps Research Institute found that endothelial cells may act as a regulator in how the body reacts to the flu virus.

The scientists were looking at the S1P pathway (molecular control circuit) and gave rodents a substance to stimulate the S1P1 receptor. They learned that the treatment lessened severe cytokine response.

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