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Humanized Mice May Aid In Arthritis Research
2012-10-04 14:47:55

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Rheumatoid arthritis research has just had an advance as scientists from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have finally found an animal which has the same response to the disease as people: Humanized mice. This discovery will improve arthritis research, giving scientists an accurate model with which to try new drugs and procedures in an effort to treat and cure the disease. The research team, lead by...

2012-06-28 15:05:30

Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have created the first animal model that spontaneously develops rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is predisposed towards atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. This model is considered of critical importance because patients with RA are at increased risk for heart attack and other premature cardiovascular events, but scientists don't know why. "Generally, people with RA die because of cardiovascular disease," said...

2011-09-07 14:08:12

Protective protein prevents immune system from ravaging joints and bones Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered why the immune cells of people with rheumatoid arthritis become hyperactive and attack the joints and bones. The immune cells have lost their bouncer, the burly protein that keeps them in line the same way a bouncer in a nightclub controls rowdy patrons. The Feinberg School team has identified this bouncer, a protein called P21,...

2010-01-28 13:16:52

Researcher invents nontoxic drug that forces hyperactive immune cells to die A researcher from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has invented a novel way to halt and even reverse rheumatoid arthritis. He developed an imitation of a suicide molecule that floats undetected into overactive immune cells responsible for the disease. Whimsically referred to as Casper the Ghost, the stealthy molecule causes the immune cells to self-destruct. The approach, tested on mice, doesn't...

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