Over two million people are affected by this degenerative condition known as multiple sclerosis, which is often referred to as MS.
MS can affect the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal chord where symptoms can include double vision, blindness, psychological issues, or muscle issues.
MS can be fatal in certain scenarios and life expectancy can be reduced. Despite lack of medication to help alleviate the symptoms there is no cure for the disease at present.
“It can start from the age of 30, and there’s no cure, so all you can do is suppress the immune response, but the drugs that do that have side effects, and you can’t repair the brain. The cost of those drugs is very high, and in the UK there are a lot of people who don’t get treated at all.”
However, a scientist in the U.K. Dr Sue Metcalfe from Cambridge based company LIFNano Therapeu LIFNano Therapeutics, has discovered a way to slow down the attack on the verve cells.
Since almost 2.3 million people around the globe suffer from MS, a cure for this degenerative disease would be wonderful.
“Some people get progressive MS, so go straight to the severe form of the disease, but the majority have a relapsing or remitting version,” Dr. Metcalfe told theCambridge News.
“I was looking to see what controls the immune response and stops it auto-attacking us,” she explains.
“I discovered a small binary switch, controlled by a LIF, which regulates inside the immune cell itself. LIF is able to control the cell to ensure it doesn’t attack your own body but then releases the attack when needed.
“That LIF, in addition to regulating and protecting us against attack, also plays a major role in keeping the brain and spinal cord healthy. In fact it plays a major role in tissue repair generally, turning on stem cells that are naturally occurring in the body, making it a natural regenerative medicine, but also plays a big part in repairing the brain when it’s been damaged.
“So I thought, this is fantastic. We can treat auto-immune disease, and we’ve got something to treat MS, which attacks both the brain and the spinal cord. So you have a double whammy that can stop and reverse the auto-immunity, and also repair the damage caused in the brain.”
This talented neuroscientist, is also working on cures for Psoriasis and diabetes, with enough funding she and her team are hoping to find a potential cure for MS by 2020.
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