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Investigating the role of an innate immune system in Multiple Sclerosis

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:26pm

Cordis News - Brussels,Belgium

Marie Curie researcher investigates role of innate immune system in Multiple Sclerosis

[Date: 2008-03-26]

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease and has many faces that researchers still do not fully understand. It is believed to be an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system reacts against components of the brain and spinal cord. Recent research efforts have been looking into the possibility of exploiting the human body's own immune system in MS therapy.

In the framework of the EU's Marie Curie programme, Dr Bruno Gran of the University of Nottingham, UK, is investigating the use of the so-called innate immune system. As opposed to the adaptive immune system, which is in charge of highly specific immune responses, the innate immune system is less specific. It is designed 'to respond quickly to infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses and to recognise patterns that are common to these infectious agents and start a rather potent and quick immune response that is eliminating these pathogens,' Dr Gran explained in a CORDIS News interview.

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