Montreal researchers discover way to boost immune system response to cancer and infections

Montreal researchers discover way to boost immune system response to cancer and infections

The research centres around the adhesiveness of T-cells (Credit: Twitter @MEMBS_Org)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Reseachers in Canada have potentially found a way to beef up the immune system's response to cancer and various infections. 

The team, which is led by University of Montreal professor Christopher Rudd, has managed to find a mechanism which governs the ability of T-cells to respond to foreign antigens in the body. 

T-cells are the primary force behind the body's immune system, identifying and fighting off infection.

The team's work details how receptors named LFA-1 oversee the adhesion of T-cells to other such things, like cancer cells. 

The LFA-1 receptors create an intracellular pathway to the foreign cells, allowing the T-Cells to be adhesive towards them or reject them. 

The research is being seen as a breakthrough in how cancer and infections can be fought, providing greater knowledge in order to adapt treatment.