New MS research shows remarkable findings

New research findings from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) provide hope for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), one of the most common and devastating diseases of the nervous system. These findings, published in today in Neuron, characterize an enzyme that plays a central role in the onset and progress of MS.

” We have identified a key enzyme that triggers MS-like disease in an animal model,” says MUHC neuroscientist and Professor of Medicine at McGill University, Dr. Sam David. “We also show that blocking this enzyme has a remarkable effect in preventing disease and relapses.”

MS, an autoimmune disease of the nervous system, affects approximately 35,000 young adults in Canada. It is twice as prevalent in females. MS is an inflammatory disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the insulating membranes surrounding nerve fibers. This damage results in loss of sensations and paralysis. Although genetic, infectious or environmental factors are thought to induce MS, the exact cause of the disease is still not known.

Dr. David with his Ph.D. student Athena Kalyvas showed in a mouse model of MS that the amount of the enzyme, phospholipase A2 (cPLA2), is increased in spinal cord lesions. They further demonstrated that treatment with a chemical inhibitor of this enzyme results in a marked reduction in the onset and severity of the disease.

“This discovery suggests that the cPLA2 enzyme may be an excellent target for the development of drugs to treat MS, ” concluded Dr. David.

This work was supported by funds from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

For Information contact:
MUHC Public Relations and Communications:
Christine Zeindler
Communications Coordinator (Research)
(514) 934-1934 ext. 36419
pager: (514) 406-1577

Media Contact

Christine Zeindler McGill University

Weitere Informationen:

http://www.mcgill.ca/

Alle Nachrichten aus der Kategorie: Health and Medicine

This subject area encompasses research and studies in the field of human medicine.

Among the wide-ranging list of topics covered here are anesthesiology, anatomy, surgery, human genetics, hygiene and environmental medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pharmacology, physiology, urology and dental medicine.

Zurück zur Startseite

Kommentare (0)

Schreib Kommentar

Neueste Beiträge

Detecting early-stage failure in electric power conversion devices

Researchers from Osaka University use non-destructive acoustic monitoring to identify the earliest stages of failure in silicon carbide power electronics, which will help in the design of more-durable power devices….

Build your own AI with ISAAC for error detection in production

Fraunhofer IDMT has developed a software tool for quality inspectors based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which automates and simplifies the analysis of industrial sounds, for example in welding processes. Thanks…

BEAT-COVID – advanced therapy strategies against the pandemic

The present SARS-coronavirus-2 pandemic with all its effects on society – both health and economic – highlights the urgency of developing new therapies for COVID-19 treatment. At the same time,…

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close