Is there a role for adipose (fat) tissue in malaria?
We know that fat tisue may affect how the immune system fights the malaria parasite because it can produce lots of hormones and cytokines which regulate the immune response, unfortunately we don’t know what role fat tissue plays in the immune response to malaria. Also we know that malaria parasites like to stay in the fat tissue but we don’t know how this may change the fat tissues structure or function. With these points in mind our main aim is to characterise how fat tissue plays a role in the immune response and pathology of malaria.
Professor Bill Heath, University of Melbourne
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