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Platelets' Role in Fighting Infection Stands Revealed

By Sharon Kingman
BioWorld International Correspondent

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

LONDON – During an infection, some of the bacteria that enter the mammalian bloodstream are immediately coated with platelets and end up in immunity-inducing dendritic cells in the spleen within minutes.

The discovery of the details of that pathway, including the underlying molecular interactions, by a team of researchers based in Germany, raises the prospects of being able to develop better immunotherapies to protect against infectious diseases and cancer.

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