Experiments prove ‘stemness’ of individual immune memory cells

24 julio 2014

Specific individual immune cells, termed ‘central memory T cells,’ have all the essential characteristics of adult tissue stem cells, researchers have proven for the first time. Such cells can perpetuate themselves indefinitely and generate diverse offspring that can reconstitute «tissue» function. These findings indicate that it should be possible to fully restore specific immunity to pathogens in immunocompromised patients by substitution of small numbers of these T cells.