The concept of neuronal control of the immune system is not new, but neuroimmunology has only recently emerged as a burgeoning area of research. In this illustration, the interplay between the nervous and immune system is depicted by a neuron that is shown to be releasing neurotransmitters that act on a nearby T cell. Neural signalling to the T cell results in a functional cytokine response, with downstream implications for immune activation or inhibition, and ultimately, effects on disease progression. Understanding these interactions will open up new avenues for modulating immune function and for the treatment of disease. Cover illustrated by Natalie Cormier.
The concept of neuronal control of the immune system is not new, but neuroimmunology has only recently emerged as a burgeoning area of research. In this illustration, the interplay between the nervous and immune system is depicted by a neuron that is shown
to be releasing neurotransmitters that act on a nearby T cell. Neural signalling to the T cell results in a functional cytokine response, with downstream implications for immune activation or inhibition, and ultimately, effects on disease progression. Understanding these interactions will open up new avenues for modulating immune function and for the treatment of disease. Cover illustrated by Natalie Cormier.
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