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The gut may be involved in the development of multiple sclerosis

19:00 EST 3 Dec 2019 | AAAS

(Ruhr-University Bochum) It is incompletely understood which factors in patients with multiple sclerosis act as a trigger for the immune system to attack the brain and spinal cord. A potential factor is described by a research team in the journal PNAS. The medical researchers used an animal model to show that the protein Smad7 mobilizes immune cells in the intestines which, in turn, trigger inflammation in the central nervous system. Analyses of intestinal tissue samples taken from MS patients confirmed the results.

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