Discovery shines light on the cause of some allergic responses

"Allergens and cosmetics”. Artwork of a moisturiser jar containing a depiction of the immune molecule, CD1a, binding to the allergic compound. By artist-in-residence Dr Erica Tandori, from the Rossjohn lab at the Monash BDI.

A team of international researchers from Monash University, Columbia University and Harvard Medical School discovered how some compounds contained in cosmetic and perfume products can activate human T cells, the sentinels of our immune system. This Science Immunology research was co-led by the Monash BDI's Professor Jamie Rossjohn and involved Dr Marcin Wegrecki and Dr Jérôme Le Nours. It featured on Brightsurf, Health Medicine Network, the National Tribune and Mirage News.

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