autoimmune disease

How MDA-supported research to counteract a complement protein and rev up regulatory T cells may improve MG treatment

posted on April 1, 2014 - 9:27am
"I’m on CellCept, prednisone, Mestinon and IVIG every three weeks," says 38-year-old Rachel Pegram. "Prednisone, which I have taken for more than 22 years now, has very rough side effects. It has caused weight gain, diabetes and glaucoma. I cannot say I have ever gone into remission without drugs, but I believe I have been in a drug-induced remission. I have spent a lot of time in hospitals for...

An MDA-supported research team has found in animal experiments that plasmapheresis can reduce the number of unwanted antibodies to gene therapy delivery vehicles

posted on December 6, 2013 - 2:45pm
A research group supported in part by MDA has found that a blood-filtering strategy known as plasmapheresis looks promising as a way to help overcome one type of unwanted immune response to gene transfer therapy. Gene transfer therapy is the addition of therapeutic genes to treat disease, and it is often administered via transport vehicles made from viruses. Louis Chicoine at Nationwide Children'...

Researchers supported in part by MDA have identified antibodies to the LRP4 protein as a third known cause of myasthenia gravis

posted on November 25, 2013 - 5:00am
A research team supported in part by MDA has shown that an abnormal reaction of the immune system against a protein called LRP4 can be added to the known causes of myasthenia gravis (MG), a disorder involving fluctuating weakness and fatigue because of impaired nerve-to-muscle communication. MG is an autoimmune disease, meaning it's caused by abnormal activity of the body's immune system against...

Many MDA grants for research in myasthenia gravis aim to prevent the immune system from attacking needed muscle proteins while allowing it to fight infection

posted on June 25, 2013 - 11:00am
It can start with nothing more than a drooping eyelid or a slight slurring of speech, either of which can come and go and improve with rest. But it can progress, often gradually over weeks or months, to affect all the voluntary muscles, including those controlling breathing. Weakness may be minimal early in the morning after a good night's sleep and worsen throughout the day, especially after...

By identifying risk factors for autoimmune disease, researchers hope to predict and even prevent its onset

posted on November 1, 2003 - 12:55pm
Wendy Brown feels good, but she's worried it won't last. Two years ago, Brown felt herself losing strength. She had trouble lifting things and getting up from a seated position, and when she pushed herself, her muscles groaned in pain. Those problems came to a head in July...