Antibodies From Previous Attacks Can Act With New Infections

Antibodies are either created by the human body to fight infections or through the use of antibiotics. The naturally occurring antibodies are healthy and work strongly and efficiently according to your immune system to help cure you from diseases caused by bacteria. Yet, antibiotics and vaccine shots used are more effective yet have a huge setback.

The main setback behind the use of many antibiotics or misuse was the development of bacterial strains that will no longer be affected by antibiotics. This is due to the normal evolving of the bacteria to be able to beat the antibiotic. Furthermore, a recent study conducted by the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin discovered that antibodies from previous attacks can help the body fight new infections using memory from the older available units.

The study was published in the Cell Host & Microbe Journal, written by author  George Georgiou, a professor of biomedical and chemical engineering and molecular biosciences, a leader in the field of therapeutics and immune responses.

He commented on his findings saying, “After being vaccinated with a new strain of flu, our immune systems appear to be expanding and boosting antibodies generated by previous exposures to earlier flu viruses, whether by infection or vaccination. Each vaccination still elicits new antibodies that are highly specific to the new strains, but these new antibodies decay over time, returning to the antibody repertoire that already existed before the vaccination.”