Scientists at the University of Bristol have made a fantastic breakthrough in the fight against debilitating autoimmune diseases such as MS, Type 1 Diabetes, and others by revealing how to stop cells attacking healthy body tissue. Rather than the body’s immune system attacking its own tissue, researchers have discovered how cells change from being aggressive to protecting against such 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.
The Bristol group has now revealed how the administration of fragments of the proteins that are normally the target for attack leads to correction of the autoimmune response.
Most importantly, their work reveals that effective treatment is achieved by gradually increasing the dose of antigenic fragment injected.”
We hope that this latest insight into how the human body functions will lead to the widespread use of this therapy as treatment for many autoimmune disorders.
You can find the article and more on the subject on the website of the University of Bristol.