Copycat fungus deceives immune system and deactivates body’s response to infection
Fungus can imitate signals from our immune system and prevent our body from responding to infection, new research from the University of Sheffield has found.
Now, the scientists have identified how specific immune signals called prostaglandins, made by fungi, are able to disarm immune cells.
The team, led by Dr Simon Johnston from the University's Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease and the Bateson Centre, found that fungi which are not able to make these signals were less able to grow during infection.
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