Curing arthritis in mice

 

Curing Arthritis In Mice

According to a new post in Medical Express, scientists have cured arthritis in mice using a biotechnologically produced active substance that uses the body’s own immune messenger, interleukin 4 (IL-4).  Using results from past studies, scientists knew that IL-4 protected mice from damage to their cartilage and bones.  The scientists coupled an antibody that is only found in inflamed tissue with IL-4. The antibody then carried the attached IL-4 molecule to the joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis, thereby allowing it to successfully fight the disease. Researchers call this new molecule an armed antibody.

Clinical trials in humans are planned to start next year. Read the full article here.

2 Comments

  1. Is this all arthritis or just R/A?

    • Hi Marsha,

      The study just focused on R/A, but to the extent that many types of arthritis are diseases of inflammation, it is possible that the technique could be successfully used with other forms of arthritis.