Scientists may have identified way of turning off immune responseBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7333.320c (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:320
- Scott Gottlieb
- New York
Scientists believe they may have identified a way to turn off the immune response when patients receive a transplanted organ or bone marrow by manipulating T cells, which are key players in initiating and conducting immune responses.
In previous studies researchers identified a special group of T cells, called suppressor T cells, which can shut down the normal function of other important immune system cells called monocytes and dendritic cells.