Mechanism converting stress into mononuclear cell activation
The explosion of the psychoneuroimmunology field began several years back with the findings of the interdigitations of the nervous system into the immune cells of the GI tract (the GALT, or gut activated lymphoid tissues), thus establishing the first identified connection between the GI and the nervous system. That field has only progressed and we are finding more connections between the brain’s emotional aspects and the immune system. This rat study helps to elucidate the link between the endocrine system (“adrenaline rush”) and activation of the immune system.
PNAS — Abstracts: Bierhaus et al. 100 (4): 1920