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Immune Cells Need Each Other to Combat Deadly Lung-Invading Fungus

Although long recognized as an essential defense against the lung-invading fungus Asperfillus fumigatus, Neutrophils actually require a little help from fellow immune cells, according to a study by Amariliz Rivera, her colleagues at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

The environmental fungus Aspergillus fumigatus floats harmlessly in the air, posing no threat to healthy humans. But it’s a different story for transplantation patients and others with compromised immune systems, such as patients with leukemia, where inhalation of Aspergillus spores can lead to invasive and life-threatening disease.

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