Understanding how the immune system destroys dangerous cells

Grant number: 1029295 | Funding period: 2012 - 2014

Completed

Abstract

The immune system is the essential complex barrier that protects the organism for infections and some malignancies. Despite considerable efforts, the mechanism by which immune cells kill dangerous unwanted cells is poorly understood. This project will investigate the mechanism of action and the role in human pathologies of a key component of the immune system, a toxic protein perforin.