Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Did you know that brain imaging studies have allowed researcher to see how the immune system and brain cooperate to help you stay healthy? According to Hunter, professor and chair of Department of Pathobiology at Penn Vet, researchers have imaged in real time the body’s immune system response to a parasitic brain infection. It appears that in the brain, specialized structures, induced by inflammation, guide the migration of T cells in this immune-privileged environment and allow them to perform a search-and-destroy type of mission required to find abnormal cells or microbes with the brain. This is just more validation that the brain and immune system do cooperate in keeping you well.