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Researchers funded by the National MS Society “tattoo” antioxidants under the skin as a new approach to stopping immune attacks in rats with MS-like disease

September 29, 2016

A team at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has shown that injecting tiny antioxidant particles under the skin of lab rats with MS-like disease succeeded in dampening the immune attack against the brain and spinal cord. The particles were taken up specifically by T cells, major players in the immune attack in MS, and they inhibited T cell function. These particles could be used to selectively target T cells, while leaving the rest of the immune system intact. The study was partly funded by a pilot research award to Christine Beeton, PhD, from the National MS Society. Further research is needed to determine whether this would be safe and beneficial approach for stopping immune activity in people with MS.

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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