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UGA study reveals flu-fighting role for well-known immune component

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University of Georgia scientists have discovered a new flu-fighting role for a well-known component of the immune system. Kimberly Klonowski, assistant professor of cellular biology in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and her colleagues found that administering a cell-signaling protein known as IL-15 to mice infected with influenza reduces their peak viral load by nearly three times.

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PLoS one - "IL-15 Participates in the Respiratory Innate Immune Response to Influenza Virus Infection" (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0037539)
 
 

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