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New Mechanism Discovered in Immune System's Battle against Influenza A

04:33 EST 9 Nov 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Researchers have found a previously unknown mechanism by which the human immune system tries to battle the influenza A virus. The discovery by investigators from the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Texas at Austin is believed to offer new insights on how the virus often wins that battle, and could lead to new flu treatments, they said. "We've solved a mystery, revealing a new aspect of our innate immune system and what flu has to do to get around it,” Nicholas Meyerson, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the BioFrontiers Institute and lead author of a “ Nuclear TRIM25 Specifically Targets Influenza Virus Ribonucleoproteins to Block the Onset of RNA Chain Elongation ,” a study published in the Nov. 8 issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe , said in a statement. The findings could also shed new light on how the seasonal flu virus, ...

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