Altering Living Space Makes White Blood Cells Better Prepared To Fight Infections. Going on a two-week holiday could boost our immune system and help fight infection, suggest scientists, who found that alterations to living space of mice dramatically changed their white blood cells and made them more prone to having a protective inflammatory effect.
The research at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) provides the first evidence that an enriched environment influences the function of T-cells -a type of white blood cell essential for immunity , and involved in HIV , rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic diseases.
For the study, mice were first housed in normal environment, that consisted of a standard cage filled with sawdust and nesting material. Then they were shifted to a wider cage with wood shavings and toys, including a coloured nest-box, fabric tube, running wheel and swing. “After only two weeks in an enriched environment the mice’s immune systems were completely different and better prepared for fighting infections,” said lead researcher Professor Fulvio D’Acquisto from QMUL. “This effect is remarkable because we haven’t given them any drugs.”