Immune cells react to stress

Scientists have shown for the first time that certain cells circulating in human blood – monocytes – are extremely sensitive to reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are aggressive forms of oxygen that are generated during states of “oxidative stress” and play a significant role in various diseases. ROS are also produced by cells of the immune system in response to exposure to pathogens.

Read more at Institute of Toxicology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Medical Center