Flu virus attacks memory B cells to rapidly cause infection

10/20/2013 | HealthDay News

U.S. researchers have discovered that the influenza virus enters and infects its host by attacking the first responders, called memory B cells, that produce antibodies that neutralize the virus. The study, published in the journal Nature, noted that once it enters the body, the virus will replicate efficiently, disrupt antibody production and eventually kill the cells before the immune system can mount a second wave of defense, causing infection.

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