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Immune Cells from the Gut Can Turn Off Brain Inflammation in MS, Say Researchers Co-funded by the National MS Society

January 5, 2019

Researchers from San Francisco and Toronto have reported evidence that immune cells in the intestines can travel to the brain and release antibodies to control inflammation. The studies involved mice with MS-like disease and samples from people with MS. Future research will help to determine if this phenomenon can be harnessed as a therapy to stop immune attacks in MS. The researchers forged their collaboration, which was funded by the National MS Society and others, after reporting similar findings at a conference.  If confirmed, these results may help to inform lifestyle questions, such as: do certain foods encourage these helpful cells to flourish? Can probiotics regulate the gut/brain immune interaction?
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