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New Study Suggests Hematopoietic Stem Cells Transplantation is Effective for Patients with SPSD

Jul 27, 2021 10:15:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in Autoimmune Disorders, Stem Cells


Research from a new study has shown that an autologous non-myeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in patients with stiff person spectrum disorder might be safe and effective.

Stiff person syndrome or stiff person spastic disorder (SPSD) is a progressive autoimmune neurological disorder characterized by painful and debilitating episodic muscle spasms and stiffness.

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Ocrevus Lessens Pro-Inflammatory T-Cells in PPMS

Jun 15, 2021 10:15:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in B Cells, Autoimmune Disorders, Inflammation, T Cells


Ocrevus’s main immune cell target is B-cells, but a small study has shown that it can also lessen pro-inflammatory immune T-cells in patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory, neurodegenerative, and demyelinating autoimmune disorder. The primary progressive form (PPMS) is characterized by a worsening of neurologic function with a gradual accumulation of disability from the onset of disease. The limited understanding of the pathogenesis of PPMS has hindered the development of reliable and effective treatments. However, there is an approved intravenous therapy, Ocrevus (ocrelizumab), a humanized monoclonal antibody developed by Genentech for treating patients with PPMS.

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New Research Shows the Vital Role Metabolic Signaling Plays in Regulating Specialized T Cells

Jun 1, 2021 10:15:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in Autoimmune Disorders, Cancer, T Cells


Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital revealed that metabolic signaling mechanisms regulate the function of an eTreg cell.

Foxp3-expressing regulatory T cells are critical components of the immune system for the regulation of immune responses and the suppression of other immune cells for the maintenance of self-tolerance and regulation of immunity against pathogens and tumor cells.

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Could Stem Cell Therapy Be the Better Treatment for MS?

May 12, 2020 10:08:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in Autoimmune Disorders, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells


A Phase III clinical trial comparing hematopoietic stem cell transplants to immunomodulators is underway.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the destruction of the myelin sheath of nerve fibers. There is no cure for the condition, but there are a number of FDA-approved immunomodulators or disease-modifying therapies to reduce relapses and slow disease progression. Despite the availability of these drugs, their varying efficacy, adverse effects, and expense are significant concerns. Therefore, a means to safely and effectively control MS symptoms and progression is still under investigation.

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Finding Therapy for Sex-Biased Autoimmune Conditions

Apr 14, 2020 10:02:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in Autoimmune Disorders, T Cells


By observing T cells, researchers are better identifying the connections between estrogen, testosterone, and autoimmune diseases.

The most common autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel disease (IBD), and systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), affect women significantly more than men in terms of incidence, disease severity, progression, and response to therapy. Various studies have been conducted to explore the basis of the sexual dimorphism of autoimmune diseases. A prominent factor is the role of sex hormones in the sex-based differences associated with autoimmune diseases.

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