A couple of weeks ago I talked to you about my project. However, it was (rightly) pointed out that maybe I should introduce the parts of the project little by little. So let's start with the cells I work with.
|Mast Cell. Daisy Chung © Rice University 2014|
|NK Cell. Daisy Chung © Rice University 2014|
Mast Cells are mostly known for their roles in allergies. Yeap, these buddies produce histamine, a molecule that is involved in inflammation (which causes the inflammation of sinuses, hence the stuffy nose, watery eyes, etc). But don't be mad at them. This same inflammation is important to call more cells to the infection cells (more troops to respond!) and in this way regulate the response to the infection.
|Basophil. Daisy Chung © Rice University 2014|
|Eosinophil. Daisy Chung © Rice University 2014|
|Neutrophil. Daisy Chung © Rice University 2014|
|Dendritic Cell. Daisy Chung © Rice University 2014|
That ends our little introduction to innate immune cells. Please let me know in the comments if it was clear, if you want more information on each cell, or anything you feel like sharing really. Next week, we will talk about proteins!
|Macrophage Daisy Chung © Rice University 2014|