Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Scientists discover how to switch off autoimmune diseases

Scientists were able to selectively target the cells that cause autoimmune disease by dampening down their aggression against the body’s own tissues while converting them into cells capable of protecting against disease. This type of conversion has been previously applied to allergies, known as ‘allergic desensitisation’, but its application to autoimmune diseases has only been appreciated recently.

By specifically targeting the cells at fault, this immunotherapeutic approach avoids the need for the immune suppressive drugs associated with unacceptable side effects such as infections, development of tumours and disruption of natural regulatory mechanisms.

This treatment approach could improve the lives of millions of people worldwide

Read more:
Scientists discover how to ‘switch off’ autoimmune diseases

Source: Bristol University

No comments:

Follow "Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine " on: