New era for ME/CFS research as top cytokine study attracts media headlines
The immune systems of patients who have recently developed ME/CFS look markedly different from those who have been ill for much longer, according to a major new study from Drs. Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig at Columbia University. This shift in immune function hadn’t been seen before.
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New autoimmune-predisposing epigenetic factors found

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by MeSci, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    SOC Senior Member

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    Urgh! :ill: Anybody up to do a 3 sentence in layspeak?
     
  3. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    Sorry - it is pretty dense, isn't it?! They have made new discoveries about the possible mechanisms for changes in the way that genes for specific types of lymphocytes (immune cells) are expressed in people susceptible to autoimmune diseases. Changes in gene expression (epigenetics/the epigenome) most commonly involve the addition of a methyl group (methylation) to genes/DNA, which I think is the basis for the methylation protocols discussed on PR. These changes have been found in ME/CFS.

    I hope my brain has enabled me to say this right and that someone will correct me if not! Feel free to ask for further clarification and I will do my best.
     

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