Convalescent T Cells Could Protect People with Compromised Immunity

A new study, conducted by a team of researchers from Children’s National, suggests that an infusion of T cells, or immune cells, from people who have recovered from COVID-19, may protect people with compromised immune systems from the infection.Convalescent T Cells Could Protect People with Compromised Immunity

The scientists developed a technique that involves isolating T cells that target the virus from the blood of individuals who recovered from the disease. These cells, cultured in the laboratory, are injected with the help of infusion into those with weakened immune systems.

Lead study author Dr. Michael Keller, a pediatric immunology specialist, says: “We found that many people who recover from COVID-19 have T cells that recognize and target viral proteins of SARS-CoV-2, giving them immunity from the virus because those T cells are primed to fight it. This suggests that adoptive immunotherapy using convalescent T cells to target these regions of the virus may be an effective way to protect vulnerable people, especially those with compromised immune systems due to cancer therapy or transplantation.”

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