Israel researchers uncover secrets of how a certain white blood cell can flip from being a ‘good guy’ to a ‘bad guy’ in diseases with no current cure.
Doctoral student Danielle Karo-Atar studying macrophages at Tel Aviv University.
A type of white blood cell called a macrophage is one tricky customer. Expose macrophages to a certain stimulus and they’ll promote healing. But expose them to a different stimulus and they actually make the condition worse.
A team of Israeli researchers is making unprecedented progress in mapping the mechanism of these “good guy, bad guy” cells and understanding their role in the progression of two deadly diseases: colorectal cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), an incurable lung condition.
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