Immunotherapies

Scientists Identify a Protein Complex That Shapes the Destiny of T Cells

Like a mentor helping medical students choose between specialties, a protein complex helps shape the destiny of developing T cells, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have reported. The research appears today in the journal Science Immunology and adds to growing evidence of the critical role cell metabolism plays in the immune system. The protein complex is mTORC1, which regulates cell growth and metabolism. St. Jude immunologists found mTORC1 acts
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First Large-Scale Genomic Analysis of Key Acute Leukemia Will Likely Yield New Therapies

A consortium including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Children’s Oncology Group has performed an unprecedented genomic sequencing analysis of hundreds of patients with T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). The results provide a detailed genomic landscape that will inform treatment strategies and aid efforts to develop drugs to target newly discovered mutations. The data will also enable researchers to engineer better mouse models to probe the leukemia’s aberrant biological
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First Large-Scale Genomic Analysis of Key Acute Leukemia Will Likely Yield New Therapies

A consortium including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Children’s Oncology Group has performed an unprecedented genomic sequencing analysis of hundreds of patients with T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). The results provide a detailed genomic landscape that will inform treatment strategies and aid efforts to develop drugs to target newly discovered mutations. The data will also enable researchers to engineer better mouse models to probe the leukemia’s aberrant biological
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Success of Sensory Cell Regeneration Raises Hope for Hearing Restoration

In an apparent first, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators have used genetic manipulation to regenerate auditory hair cells in adult mice. The research marks a possible advance in treatment of hearing loss in humans. The study appears today in the journal Cell Reports. Loss of auditory hair cells due to prolonged exposure to loud noise, accidents, illness, aging or medication is a leading cause of hearing loss and long-term