NEW research re T-cells & CFIDS etc... fwiw

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by victoria, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Discovery Could Lead to Treatment for Immune Problems in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Tuesday July 6, 2010

    */Research Brief/*

    Researchers say they've discovered a key factor in the body's production of T cells <>, white blood cells that are important to immune function. Some studies show people with chronic fatigue syndrome <> have reduced T cell response to certain infectious agents.

    The new research, which is about to be published in the prestigious journal /Science/, suggests that manipulating a newly discovered genetic regulator, called Ctip2, can influence some types of immune function. According to /Therapeutics Daily <>, /this discovery could lead to drugs targeting the receptor as treatments for diseases characterized by T cell problems (such as HIV/AIDS), autoimmune disease and allergies. Researchers also believe it could one day lead to new treatments for certain cancers.

    T cells are critical to your immune response. They attack virus-infected, foreign or cancerous cells, and they can also activate or deactivate other immune cells.

    Because this discovery is so new, it could be several years before any potential treatments emerge from it.
  2. spacee

    spacee Member

    Been sleuthing again, haven't you!

    Thanks a bunch for it!!

  3. victoria

    victoria New Member

    how to do it the "lazy" way:
    sign up for a bunch of newsletters & groups, and then browse thru them.

    LOL, it's what I do much of the time.... tho not always.

  4. karinaxx

    karinaxx New Member


    what on earth is that?

    Hi victoria,

    thanks for this article, but to be honest, i do not understand much of it.

    I am having a major relapse and a hard time getting my brain cell to move. Can you translate into "science for ME dummies?"

  5. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Hi Karina
    I am not good at interpreting medical articles, but it appears that, basically, they have perhaps found another mechanism/way to help the body fight off disease, and think they can maybe create a drug to help our T-cells be more effective.

    Bad headache day, so not sure that's correct or clear... LOL.

    regarding the word 'sleuthing' aka 'detective work' -
    from FreeDictionary, probably too much info, right?:

    Word History: ...The immediate ancestor of our word is the compound sleuthhound, "a dog, such as a bloodhound, used for tracking or pursuing."

    This term took on a figurative sense, "tracker, pursuer," which is closely related to the sense "detective." From sleuthhound came the shortened form sleuth, recorded in the sense "detective" as early as 1872. The first part of the term sleuthhound means "track, path, trail," and is first recorded in a Middle English work written probably around 1200.

  6. spacee

    spacee Member

    I have a low t-cell count. The NIH told me that they felt like the cells were in my tissues not
    my blood. (what did they decide to abandon their post?). But will say that I rarely, if
    ever got an infection back then. Get them more often now as my t-cell count is more
    toward normal. Weird.

    Pat on the back for even attempting to read through those newsletters, Victoria!

  7. heapsreal

    heapsreal New Member

    My t-cells have always been elevated, maybe this is because they arent working efficiently and by increasing the amount helps try to counteract their poor function. I can also say i rarely get any other sort of infection except for the last few months during the aussie winter where ive picked up some sort of cold/flu bug which i have been unable to get rid of, plus a gastro bug thrown in there as well.

    The common thing amongst cfsers and their immune systems are immune dysfunction of some sort.