nasal investigations

Shiv A. Prasad shiv at hiv.med.umn.edu
Thu Jan 13 17:22:21 EST 1994


In article <2h43g2$7s7 at mserv1.dl.ac.uk> crah1 at leicester.ac.uk writes:
>Re immunisation by nose picking
>
>A group in Boston is attempting to use this approach to investigate therapy for 
>multiple sclerosis, which may be an immune mediated disease. I'm led 
>to believe the treatment involves eating proteins derived from human spinal 
>cord/brain. Although this could just be an immuno-myth.
>
>Dr. Colin R.A. Hewitt

Actually it's an immuno-reality.  Oral tolerance is now being studied as a
treatment from MS, Rheumatoid arthritis, and uveitis (and probably type I
diabetes as well).  The MS treatment uses myelin.  I think it's bovine
myelin, otherwise it would be cannibalism :-).  The results of a short term
study were recently published in Science, and the results were rather 
impressive.  BTW, the Boston group is led by Howard Weiner for anyone who
wants more info on oral tolerance.

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Shiv A. Prasad				shiv at lenti.med.umn.edu
Dept. of Microbiology			pras0005 at student.tc.umn.edu
Univ. of Minnesota



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