Social Life Depends On Immune System

Posted: Jul 18 2016, 5:31am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Social Life Depends on Immune System
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  • Scientists find that Immune System and Personality Type may have a Deep Link

Scientists have found that the immune system and personality type may have a deep link with each other.

Researchers have made a startling discovery. The level of immunity you have may be intimately connected to your social behavior. In fact, the functioning of the immune system may have a deep impact on personality type.

This effect was seen in mice and other animals. The findings were published in the journal Nature. This research effort has important signficance for autistic children and schizophrenics in the future.

Interferon gamma is a chief cytokine which is secreted by the T lymphocytes. This helps in the increase of social behavior. Such findings help widen our understanding of certain neurological disorders.

Also novel therapies may be invented which ameliorate the symptoms of these nasty diseases. A systems biology approach was applied to the situation at hand.

A number of organisms including rodents, marine life forms and insects showed this response. Thus it has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt that immunity and social behavior both have a link with one another. This sort of herd immunity is something which depends on social contacts within the in-group.

Once the interferon gamma was blocked in the brains of the rats, they showed signs of hyperactivity and also gave off a reek of atypical social behavior. Restoration of the chemical in the brain led to a re-establishment of the normal pathways and a return to the usual social behavior.

Any changes in the immune system were seen as a signal for the social behavior of the animal to undergo radical changes too. Pathological symptoms required a rupture in normal immune functioning. The body’s immune response to pathogens also seems to help the individual keep in touch with others of its own kind.

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