Method Converts Blood into Autoimmune Disease Treatment
Cells from one’s own blood could be converted into a treatment for autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, based on the discovery of a Purdue Univ. researcher. Chang Kim, a professor of comparative pathobiology, has created a way to direct the differentiation of T-cells, a white blood cell that is a key player in the body’s immune system.
The method uses naïve T-cells, immature cells from which all T-cells develop, and induces them to become suppressive T-cells that block the development of painful inflammation associated with autoimmune diseases.
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