Research Highlights: Cancer Cell Outcompetes T Cell in Methionine Consumption

T cells attacking cancer cells. Credit: Prasad Adusumilli Original Article: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2682-1 Abnormal epigenetic patterns is associated with effector T cell malfunction in tumors, but the cause of this correlation is unclear. Methionine is an amino acid that is a component of most proteins, and it is an essential nutrient in the diet of vertebrates. CD8+ T … Continue reading Research Highlights: Cancer Cell Outcompetes T Cell in Methionine Consumption

Research Highlights: Possibility of COVID-19 Virus Transmitted from Humans to Free-Ranging Wildlife such as Bats

Image Source: https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/ Original Article: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1008758 The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the considerable public health, economic, and societal effects of virus spreading from a wildlife reservoir. The transmission of COVID-19 virus among humans also presents a new set of problems when considering viral spreading from people to naive wildlife and other animal populations. Establishing new wildlife … Continue reading Research Highlights: Possibility of COVID-19 Virus Transmitted from Humans to Free-Ranging Wildlife such as Bats

Research Highlights: The Effect of Oral Bacteria to the Vaginal Microbiome

Image Source: https://www.hgsc.bcm.edu/fusobacterium-nucleatum-atcc10953 Original Article: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000788 Bacteria are normally present in healthy vaginas. Imbalances of the various types of bacteria in the vagina can lead to an infection called bacterial vaginosis (BV). Women with BV are more likely to be populated by possible pathogens which includes Fusobacterium nucleatum. Fusobacterium nucleatum is an oral commensal pathogen … Continue reading Research Highlights: The Effect of Oral Bacteria to the Vaginal Microbiome