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Friday, September 30, 2016

Future MS Treatment: Selectively Targeting T-cells May Come As Temporary Tattoo


Antioxidant-filled nano-particles injected under the skin may become a future multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment that comes with a perk or a drawback, depending on how a patient sees it.  The injection leaves a temporary dark spot on the skin, resembling a tattoo.
The tattoo might be a small issue considering that the particles have a huge advantage. They only inactivate immune T-cells — the main cell type driving MS — leaving other immune cells unaffected, potentially reducing side effects.
The proof-of-concept study, “Preferential uptake of antioxidant carbon nanoparticles by T lymphocytes for immunomodulation,” published in the journal Scientific Reports, was a joint effort between researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University, both in Texas.
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