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Postby bromley » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:49 am

UC researchers land grant to study 'natural killer cells' in Multiple Sclerosis 05 October 2007

University of Cincinnati researchers will use a $1.7 million grant to see if natural killer cells, a first line of defense against infection, also provide protection against multiple sclerosis and related chronic inflammation.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke awarded the five-year grant to Dr. Bibiana Bielekova, a UC associate professor of neurology and director of the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis.

MS is an autoimmune disease, occurring when the body's own natural defense system starts attacking the myelin sheath -- or outer lining -- of nerves and neurons.

Patients with MS often have defects in the number or function of natural killer (NK) cells in their body.

"We aren't sure if NK cell deficiencies in MS cause the disease, or if the disease causes the deficiencies," Bielekova said in a press release. "But we do know that the medications out there that successfully alleviate MS symptoms have been found, in essence by accident, to improve NK cell activity."

Bielekova added: "Our ultimate goal now is to understand how NK cells work in the immune response and create more tolerable therapeutics that boost their regulatory action."

Source: Business Courier © 2007 American City Business Journals, Inc. (05/10/07)
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Postby jimmylegs » Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:13 am

interesting, brom. echinacea bumps up your NKs. don't know if that effect would last for long though. i've been experimenting with an immune booster blend with 9 things in it, echinacea one of them. but don't have anything startling to report, no testing going on, no certain changes in how i feel
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