New findings to help multiple sclerosis patients?

Posted on 05 September 2011

A research breakthrough in multiple sclerosis could help those paying for care because of the condition.

Inhibiting the ability of immune cells to use fatty acids as fuel was seen to significantly slow progression of the condition in an animal model study published in journal Scientific Reports.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego found that by inhibiting a single enzyme that helps immune cells exploit the single enzyme caused the cells to starve and die, preventing further inflammatory damage.

Scientist Leah P Shriver explained: "We expect that because immune cells not in lesions in the central nervous system are able to use available glucose, they will function just fine during infection and that inhibition of this pathway would not produce general immune suppression."

This follows news that a potential treatment for the condition known as fingolimod has been rejected by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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