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Dr. Marc Jenkins is a Regents and Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Director of the Center for Immunology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Jenkins discovered that CD4+ T cells require CD28 as well as TCR to produce IL-2. His lab investigates CD4+ T and B cell activation in vivo by directly tracking antigen-specific cells.

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The Immunology Science Round Up

A Pathway to Regulate T Follicular Helper Cells – Scientists identified a metabolic control pathway that regulates T follicular helper cells and humoral immunity.

HIV Treatment and the Microbiome – Researchers found that in HIV patients treated with combined antiretroviral therapy, the composition of the microbiome fluctuates and affects the reconstitution of CD4 T cells.

Blocking RSV Replication – A drug that hardens viral inclusion bodies inhibited respiratory syncytial virus replication in mice.

COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Blood Clots – Adenoviral vector vaccines can induce platelet activation that can contribute to thrombosis by producing antibodies that bind to platelet factor 4.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Marc Jenkins