Cord blood study provides clues to babies' immune system

03/11/2009 | Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), The

Researchers found that the white blood cells of premature and full-term babies lacked the neutrophil extracellular trap -- a mechanism that helps prevent them from developing sepsis and other illnesses such as pneumonia and meningitis -- for at least five weeks of their lives. Further understanding of the molecular pathways of this deficiency could pave the way for new treatments against severe infections in newborns.

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