Tag: macrophages

Macrophages Found to be the Source of a Ripple Effect in the Development of a Life-Threatening Heart Condition

A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine from the Nahrendorf lab in the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital shows a classic real-life example of the ripple effect. Like a pebble thrown into a still body of water, immune cells called macrophages – white blood cells primarily known for removing ...

Could a Technique Echoing an Ancient Greek Military Strategy Point the Way to More Effective Cancer Treatments?

According to Greek legend, the Trojan horse was a wooden structure built by Greek soldiers and presented to the Trojans as a gift after a long and fruitless siege of the city during the Trojan War. When the Trojans brought the gift horse within their city walls, the Greek soldiers who were hidden inside crept ...

Mass General Researchers Investigate the ‘Big Eaters’ of the Immune System: #MacrophageMonday

Macrophages serve a vital function in the body’s immune system— these white blood cells are in charge of engulfing pathogens, foreign materials and dead cells. Two new studies from Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have identified two unexpected roles that macrophages play in the body. In the heart, macrophages play a beneficial role, helping heart muscle ...