A new study from researchers at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has linked an specific autoimmune protein to both Lupus and multiple sclerosis. The protein, called an "Fc receptor," may contribute to such autoimmune illness in which the body attacks itself.
For the study the researchers linked a specific mutation of the Fc receptor to both lupus and MS. With this specific mutation the Fc receptor is not only able to carry out its normal function, shutting down antibody production, but can also increase antibody production.
"This new finding could play a significant role in the way companies design treatments for autoimmune diseases, in a more targeted approach. Now efforts can be made to target the individuals who will benefit from the treatments, based on the gene mutation," the researchers explained of the finding.
by RTT Staff Writer
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