Microsize nets to stop infections from spreading

Aneta Manda-Handzlik, a PhD student in immunology whose research was rewarded with a scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science “START”, told PolandIN about neutrophils which are a first line of defence against microbes in the human body.

One of the components of neutrophils that is the most astonishing is the neutrophil extracellular trap. This is a kind of net, a sticky structure composed of DNA and proteins that traps bacteria and prevent further infections from spreading.

Thanks to research over recent years, scientists have found out how to use these nets in bacterial and viral infections, in fighting fungi and parasites.

However, although neutrophil extracellular traps are beneficial as a defence mechanism, they can also damage human tissues.

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