Nematodes May Prove Key to RA
Move over maggots. Leap aside leeches. Make room for a worm joining you in the patient room.
Well, maybe not, but a parasitic nematode may provide a more effective treatment for inflammatory types of arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
Researchers at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde are researching a molecule secreted by nematodes that prevents massive inflammatory response. Auto-immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, are rare in countries where parasitic worm infections are endemic; and researchers believe a molecule called ES-62 may be the key.
No one actually wants to infect patients with the worms, which cause a number of maladies like elephantiasis, but they do want to synthesize it and develop drugs for a number of auto-immune diseases.
Click the link to find out more.
Latest posts by admin aapc (see all)
- US gets the ball rolling on ICD-11 - August 16, 2019
- Message From Your Region 7 Representatives | October 2018 - October 24, 2018
- Message From Your Region 6 Representatives | October 2018 - October 24, 2018