IBD: When genetics and environment interact

Interview with Dr. Britt-Sabina Petersen, University of Kiel, Germany

T-cells are the guardians of our immune system. When they show changes, it can lead to severe inflammatory responses in the body. It is believed that the T-cells in persons who are affected by inflammatory bowel disease don’t work properly. Two proteins that can be found on activated T-cells and that interact with each other are now being analyzed.


Photo: Britt-Sabina Petersen

Dr. Britt-Sabina Petersen; © ikmb

Photo: interaction between the proteins

The picture shows the interaction between the proteins TIM-3 and CEACAM1; © AG Richard Bloomberg, Harvard Medical School

Photo: Simone Ernst; Copyright: B. Frommann

© B. Frommann