Cancer drug & MS

An article published July 2nd, on the Medical News Today website reports on yet another cancer drug that shows promise for the treatment of a wide range of inflammatory diseases, among them MS:

Those looking for a new treatment for a range of inflammatory diseases like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and lupus may need to look no further than a drug already available for treating cancer.

In fact, Japanese scientists used mice to show that bortezomib, which is currently used to treat cancers that affect white blood cells, induces cell death only in harmful T cells (active and proliferating ones), thus leaving the rest unharmed. What is interesting about bortezomib, proven its efficiency on humans, is that it would not have the side effects that current drugs have (which affect all T cells equally).


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