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Innate immune memory: a paradigm shift in understanding host defense

Researchers gathered at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge, for the first Innate Immune Memory Conference dedicated to the adaptive characteristics of innate immunity, to further the understanding of this newly described immunological process that probably has a central role in host defense and inflammation.

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Figure 2: Immune memory responses in vertebrates comprise both conventional T cell memory responses (a) and innate immune memory dependent on myeloid cells, NK cells and innate lymphocyte populations such as NKT cells, γβ T cells and ILCs (b).

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Figure 3: Integration of immunological and metabolic pathways in trained monocytes, which lead to a shift toward aerobic glycolysis (Warburg effects), as well as epigenetic changes at the level of histone methylation and acetylation.

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Netea, M., Latz, E., Mills, K. et al. Innate immune memory: a paradigm shift in understanding host defense. Nat Immunol 16, 675–679 (2015).

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