Type 1 Diabetes May Be Reversible With Immune Suppressor Protein

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Type 1 Diabetes May Be Reversible With Immune Suppressor Protein


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Old 05-20-2013, 21:18   #1
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Type 1 Diabetes May Be Reversible With Immune Suppressor Protein

A professor in Melbourne, Australia, who is on a mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, believes that the answer, or part of it, lies with an immune suppressor protein called CD52. And if it works for type 1 diabetes, then it may well work for other immune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, where disruption in the balance different kinds of T cell in the immune system causes it to attack the body's own healthy tissue.

In a new study published this week in Nature Immunology, diabetes researcher and professor Len Harrison and colleagues from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's Molecular Medicine, suggest it may be possible to use CD52, which naturally stops the immune system overreacting and killing insulin-producing pancreatic cells, to stop or even reverse type 1 diabetes in the early stages, before all the insulin-producing cells have been destroyed.

In a statement to the media Harrison says:

"Immune suppression by CD52 is a previously undiscovered mechanism that the body uses to regulate itself, and protect itself against excessive or damaging immune responses."

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Thank you so much for posting this Kantim! Since I've got a couple of autoimmune conditions I'll definitely look into this.

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Interesting stuff. thanks for posting.

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