|Research May Provide Clues to Food Allergy.|
Dr. Newberry's team placed a video in the gut of a mouse to observe what they thought would be dendritic cells sampling food particles and then seeking out antigens to neutralize or attack if the samples were found to be threatening. However, what they discovered was an escort, called goblet cells, whose job it is to bring the food sample to the dendritic cells. This discovery leads researchers to believe that goblet cells play a much more important role than previously thought. If these escort cells could be trained to bring food samples to the dendritic cells and introduce them in a friendly manner, perhaps the body wouldn't over-react to an innocent egg or peanut protein.These findings may help scientists introduce a drug therapy to tame an over-active immune system, like that found in people with food allergies or celiac disease.
Aaahhh...if we could only get our cells to play nice and cooperate...
Check out Christopher Wajnek's article Special Gut Cells May Help Tame Food Allergies for more information on Dr. Newberry's study.