Molecule That Polices TB Lung Infection Identified

Scientists have identified a molecule that allows the immune system to effectively police tuberculosis (TB) of the lungs. Their findings appear today in the online version of the iJournal of Clinical Investigation/i.

More than 2 billion people or one-third of the world’s population are infected with mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB, said senior author Shabaana A. Khader, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, Pitt School of Medicine. The infection is challenging …