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Autoimmune treatment hope

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Ecoclimber, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Ecoclimber

    Ecoclimber Senior Member

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    http://sciencealert.com.au/news/20132701-23998.html

    Autoimmune treatment hope
    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
    Monday, 28 January 2013

    When a patient has autoimmune disease, two proteins, Bax and Bak, are faulty in certain immune cells, causing them to live on after they should have died. But a newly developed drug could kill these cells, potentially helping to treat the disease.

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    When a patient has autoimmune disease, two proteins, Bax and Bak, are faulty in certain immune cells, causing them to live on after they should have died. But a newly developed drug could kill these cells, potentially helping to treat the disease.
    Image: Henrik5000/iStockphoto

    Melbourne researchers have discovered that the death of immune system cells is an important safeguard against the development of diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, which occur when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues.

    The finding suggests that these so-called autoimmune diseases could be treated with existing medications that force long-lived immune system cells to die.

    Eco
     
  2. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

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    More great research findings - thanks Ecoclimber.
     
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    WEHI has a fantastic track record - breakthrough after breakthrough in immunology. (I'll post something separate on WEHI.) Hopefully this new finding will prove to be biggie, and one that directly helps us.
     
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    I wonder if this could be the reason that Rituximab works for a while in some patients. Maybe it kills off the cells that have been impacted by Bax and Bak proteins and gives the body a chance to heal. It might also explain the relapse afterwords as well.

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    Thanks Eco for posting, great news, I hope that this study goes somewhere for us.

    PS - cool picture of immune cells too ;)
     
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    Another cancer drug that could be helpful. Sometimes I think getting cancer may not be such a bad thing for us - then perhaps we could get some treatment - what with this and rituximab.
     
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    cancer drugs are helpful for all kinds of things but its never a permanent solution :-/
     
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    I just posted news about a new drug, that could treat asthma at the underlying cause of the disease. Originally it was developed for cancer as well.
     

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