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Host antigen acquistion: info needed

Michael Yamashita myamashi at sfu.ca
Mon Oct 13 03:11:56 EST 1997


 Schistosoma researchers,
 
 	I need information on how schistosomes acquire the antigens of their
 hosts, allowing them to evade immune system response. This could have
 applications in cybernetics and nano-technology. Because it involves
 implanting of foreign bodies, one large problem we face are immune
 responses, e.g. allergic reactions, etc which can inflict damage both
 upon the body and the technology. What is required is a technique that
 allows the foreign bodies introduced to avoid immune attack without
 harming the immune system. Schistosomes may provide the answer to this
 problem. Indeed using the methods that schistosomes have evolved to
 parasitize its hosts may well lead to better artificial implants,
 treatments for arthritis, and safer organ transplants, just to name a
 few possibilities. 
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 			Regards,
 				Michael Yamashita
 				Simon Fraser University
 				http://www.sfu.ca




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