New research highlights the importance of the thymus in successful pregnancies

IMAGE: Magdalena Paolino, assistant professor and team leader at the Department of Medicine Solna, Karolinska Institutet. view more  Credit: Ragnar Söderberg Foundation How the immune system adapts to pregnancies has puzzled scientists for decades. Now, findings from an international group of researchers, led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, reveal important changes that occur in […]

The thymus as key to healthy pregnancies

IMAGE: The thymus as key to healthy pregnancies. view more  Credit: @IMBA/Kulcsar Female sex hormones instruct the thymus, a central organ of the immune system, to produce specialized cells called “Tregs” to deal with physiological changes to arise during pregnancy, the study revealed. The researchers also found that RANK, a receptor expressed in a part of […]

Scientists build whole functioning thymus from human cells — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and University College London have rebuilt a human thymus, an essential organ in the immune system, using human stem cells and a bioengineered scaffold. Their work is an important step towards being able to build artificial thymi which could be used as transplants. The thymus is an organ in […]