Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dietary Supplement Suppresses Immune Attacks In MS

A dietary supplement similar to glucosamine appears to suppress the damaging autoimmune response seen in multiple sclerosis (MS) attacks, raising hopes of a new metabolic therapy for autoimmune diseases. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in the US found that oral N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) stopped abnormal T-cells from growing and working properly: in people with MS, these abnormal cells incorrectly tell the immune system to destroy the tissue that insulates the nerves. You can read a scientific paper about their study in the 29 September online issue of Journal of Biological Chemistry.

N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) is similar to but more effective than the widely available glucosamine.

Senior investigator and neurologist Dr Michael Demetriou is associate professor of neurology and microbiology & molecular genetics at UCI and also associate director of the university's Multiple Sclerosis Research Center. He told the media:

"This sugar-based supplement corrects a genetic defect that induces cells to attack the body in MS."

He said this could lead to a metabolic therapy that is more here
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