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.

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One Response to “Nematodes May Prove Key to RA”

  1. Carla says:

    Here’s something to look forward to!

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