Transplant drug turns traitor to tackle viruses

时间:2019-03-08 07:14:01166网络整理admin

IT’S the biological equivalent of a turncoat. A drug used to stop immune cells from gobbling up transplanted organs and bone marrow has been caught boosting the immune response to a virus in mice and monkeys. It might now be used to enhance vaccines against cancer and other diseases. Transplant recipients take rapamycin because it blocks the production of a range of different immune cells. But when Rafi Ahmed and colleagues at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, gave the drug to mice infected with a virus,