Fixing 'Leaky' Blood Vessels to Combat Severe Respiratory Ailments and, Perhaps, Ebola

January 21, 2015 12:38 AM

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When you get an infection, your immune system responds with an influx of inflammatory cells that target the underlying bacteria or viruses. These immune cells migrate from your blood into the infected tissue in order to release a cocktail of pro-inflammatory proteins and help eliminate the infectious threat.

During this inflammatory response, the blood vessel barrier becomes "leaky." This allows for an even more rapid influx of additional immune cells. Once the infection resolves, the response cools off, the entry of immune cells gradually wanes, and the integrity of the blood-vessel barrier is restored...

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