Leishmaniasis

Vitamin D and the Tropical Disease Leishmaniasis – New Findings on the Immune Defence of the Parasite

Leishmania are single-cell parasites transmitted by sandflies. They cause leishmaniasis, an infection that occurs above all in tropical areas, the…

Novel compounds for fighting against parasitic diseases

Trypanosomatid parasites cause diseases like African sleeping sickness, Chagas’ disease and leishmaniasis. Leishmaniasis affects about 12 million people…

Scientists hope to end sleeping sickness by making parasite that causes it self-destruct

After many years of study, a team of researchers is releasing data today that it hopes will lead to new drug therapies that will kill the family of parasites…

Tipping the balance of immune response

When the immune system encounters a potential threat, antigen-presenting cells deliver chunks of protein from the invading pathogen to naive helper T cells. These naive cells respond by differentiating into one of two classes of mature helper T cells: TH1 cells, which mobilize the immune system against viruses and other intracellular pathogens, and TH2 cells, which drive the response against blood-borne threats, such as the parasitic disease leishmaniasis….

UIC researchers hunting drugs for devastating parasitic disease

More than 12 million people in 88 countries are infected with leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease spread by the bite of infected sand flies. Nearly 2 million…

New system to lead to safer drugs for tropical disease Leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease found largely in the tropics which the World Health Organisation has estimated infects 12 million people worldwide each…