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2013-04-19 12:27:28

Peer-Reviewed Articles Highlight Advances in Understanding Autoimmune Processes CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system attacks its own cells. Current treatments for many autoimmune disorders are limited to immunosuppressants, but researchers are exploring the possibility of using therapeutic vaccines known as antigen-specific immunotherapy. Currently a vaccine that is designed to...

2011-02-09 23:46:01

Blocking a factor that can activate the human immune response against intestinal bacteria or certain foods could prevent the development of celiac disease in those most at risk, researchers report in the journal Nature. The study, to be published early online Feb. 9, points to two chemical signals"”interleukin 15 and retinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A"”as triggers for the inflammatory response to gluten, a protein found in many grains that causes celiac disease. "We found...