Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Great news! There is a new medication called GIFT15. It has not yet been tested on humans, but it successfully reversed MS in mice and put the disease into remission. This could potentially be a great thing for the many people in the world who will be diagnosed with MS. This treatment suppresses the immune system's response to attack the Myelin Sheath. Furthermore it may even be used to treat other autoimmune diseases such as Chrohn's disease, Lupus, and arthritis. It may also work for organ transplant recipients whose bodies' reject the new organ. Two proteins are infused together in order to make this medication. Then the B-cells, which are a form of white blood cells, are extracted from the mice. The cells are then placed in a petri dish and combined with the new medicine, and intravenously put back into the mice. There have been no notable side effects in the mice and any mouse that has been treated no longer has the disease. There are a few downsides though. The first is the fact that it has yet to be tested on humans. The team that discovered the drug stated that they need the right financial resources and partnerships to take the next step. The other downside is that it only works on patients that have MS in its earliest stages. To read about the treatment go to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090811143725.htm.