A bridge between commensalism, allergy and infection provides new hope for a women´s neglected disease
Umeå university scientists have shown how mast cells, immune cells typically associated with allergy and asthma, act as sentinels to orchestrate the immune response against the fungus Candida albicans the leading cause of fungal vaginitis. Vaginitis is a common women´s health concern affecting 75% of women at some time in their lives. Getting a grip on how the body senses the entry of fungal pathogens offers major opportunities for designing new strategies to improve women´s health. Details can be found in a recent research report published in the prestigious journal Nature Scientific Reports.