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Sleep could help fight against infection: study

14 Feb 2019, 11:57 ( 3 Months ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
Photo Source: University of Helsinki.

Sleep could enhance the target ability of immune cells inside human body to help fight off infection, a recent study said.

   "This finding shows that sleep has the potential to enhance the efficiency of effector T cell responses," according to the report.

   Researchers said that compared with the wake condition, sleep significantly increased the mean fluorescence intensity of T cells, a type of white blood cell that fights off infection inside human body.

   "Our results demonstrate that a couple of hours of sleep loss suffice to reduce the adhesion capacity of antigen-specific T cells," according to the study published Tuesday in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

   The findings could help develop new therapeutic strategies with the aim of improving the target ability of T cells, especially when they are killing tumor cells.