Australian Researchers Looking Towards New Treatments for Celiac Disease
Posted Jul 22 2010 6:50am
Good news! The mystery of celiac disease is becoming a bit more clear thanks to a fantastic bunch of scientists in Australia. A new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine finds that there are three fragments in the gluten protein that trigger celiac disease.
the study, researchers from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of
Medical Research in Victoria, Australia evaluated 244 people with
celiac disease residing in Australia and Britain. The patients
participating in the study ate gluten-containing foods for three days
while the researchers looked at how the immune system cells responded.
the gluten protein containing more than 16,000 components, the
researchers found that only three were involved with the celiac disease
response. Being able to isolate these components is a huge step forward in better understanding the disease and finding new alternatives to treatment.
Lead Researcher Dr. Robert Anderson says that the
findings could help scientists find a more targeted treatment for
celiac disease other than just a lifelong gluten-free diet.
their discovery, Dr. Anderson and his colleagues have begun developing
an injectable drug that contains small portions of each of the three
fragments. The researchers hope that exposing the immune system to
small doses of the fragments could help people with celiac adjust to
eating them regularly.