Super-resolution microscopy reveals unprecedented detail of immune cells’ surface | #neuroscience

Originally posted 2016-06-16 15:35:13.

When the body is fighting an invading pathogen, white blood cells–including T cells–must respond. Now, Salk Institute researchers have imaged how vital receptors on the surface of T cells bundle together when activated.

This study, the first to visualize this process in lymph nodes, could help scientists better understand how to turn up or down the immune system’s activity to treat autoimmune diseases, infections or even cancer. The results were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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