Mouse Study Supports Idea that Repairing Nerve-Insulating Myelin Can Protect Nerves and Restore Function, Say Researchers Funded by National MS Society
October 7, 2016
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, along with an international team, showed that injecting the oral antihistamine clemastine into mice with MS-like disease resulted in myelin repair, protected nerve cells, and improved symptoms compared with untreated mice. The team did additional studies providing general support for the idea that finding a way to enhance natural myelin repair in MS may protect nerves from injury and help restore function. This study expands our understanding of the potential benefits of this compound, which has shown potential for stimulating myelin repair in people with MS
, as well as other approaches aimed at enhancing myelin repair. The study was funded by the National MS Society among others.
Read more on the University of California, San Francisco website
Read the paper, published in eLife, an online journal
Read more about the pioneering work behind clemastine