MIC Graduate Student Erica Buonomo in the William Petri Lab leads discovery on C. difficile infection and immune response

June 30, 2016 by zrb8mf@virginia.edu

Erica Buonomo and researchers in the Petri lab found an important and unexpected role for eosinophils, a type of white blood cell. These cells are often vilified for their role in causing both allergies and asthma, but in the battle against C. difficile, they can be life-saving. IL-25, the UVA researchers show, protects us from C. difficile by manufacturing eosinophils to guard the integrity of the gut lining. [more]. Scientific article