New Study Pinpoints Four Novel Immune Culprits and May Lead to More Personalized Treatment Approaches for Individuals with MS
May 9, 2022
Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden collaborated with others in Europe to uncover four newly identified protein targets of the immune response that causes nervous system damage in multiple sclerosis. Using blood samples from people with MS and controls without MS, the team compared how their immune cells reacted to 63 proteins that were active in the brain and spinal cord but had not previously been linked to MS disease activity. Four proteins emerged as targets for the immune cells, and these findings were further validated in samples from two more study groups of people with MS.
The method used in this study opens the door for identifying specific immune system reactions that may differ among individuals with MS. This could lead to the possibility of disease activity profiles that could be targeted more precisely with customized treatment approaches. This study was funded by the Foundation of Swedish MS Research, among others.
Read more, from Karolinska Institutet
Read the paper, in Science Advances
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes, and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.