Antibody Testing Found To Detect MS Damage Earlier

A recent study has found a way to detect MS earlier than current diagnostic tools used. It was discovered by immunologists at the University of California-Irvine. The said study appears on the online Journal of Immunology.

Researchers at UCI have found that testing for increased levels of antibodies that inhibit energy production in neurons also can help detect MS. The said study, headed by Yufen Qin, assistant professor of neurology at UCI, shows just how such antibodies trigger the degeneration of axons and neurons which results in demyelination or the damage on the insulating material covering neurons.

Current diagnostic tests used to detect MS use spinal fluid tests that usually focus on demyelination. By measuring the antibodies that inhibits a specific enzyme known as GAPDH instead could lead to earlier detection of multiple sclerosis which can positively affect long term treatment of the said disease.

Source: University of California – Irvine. “Multiple Sclerosis: Iimmunological Study Finds Earlier Way to Diagnose Axon and Neuron Degeneration.” ScienceDaily 29 July 2010. 3 August 2010 <http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2010/07/100730091123.htm>

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