A Crucial Finding on Sepsis
Sepsis, also known as septic shock, is a relatively common inflammatory condition that can be fatal. But until now, it hasn’t been known what causes it.
Now , though, scientists in China have unearthed a possible connection between sepsis and Regulatory T cells. These cells, also known as Tregs, appear to have a role in suppressing immune responses in the face of advancing sepsis. The condition is most common in older people and people with a weakened immune system.
The researchers - Li-Na Jiang, Yong-Ming Yao, and Zhi-Yong Sheng, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, and Hebei North University, Zhyangjiakou, China – said that treating the Tregs could help prevend sepsis.
The findings were published in the Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research.