Researchers in Australia found a new type of cell that increases the body’s own self defense mechanism to fight infections and other deadly diseases. It was published in the journals Nature Immunology and Immunity.
The cell was named as natural killer T follicular helper (NKTfh), and is able to recognize foreign molecules, known as lipid antigens, which sit on infectious bacteria such as meningitis and pneumonia and before triggering an antibody response to fight off the infection.
This newly-discovered cell is a natural and chemical-free way for the body to fight off infections. This discovery could aid in making better vaccines as well as stopping the overuse of antibiotics.