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Supplement may help autoimmune response
Health News Editor
IRVINE, Calif., May 16 (UPI) A
glucosamine-like supplement suppresses the damaging autoimmune response
seen in multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, a U.S. study has found.
In studies on mice, Dr. Michael Demetriou
and colleagues at the University of California at Irvine found that
N-acetylglucosamine, which is similar but more effective than the
widely available glucosamine, inhibited the growth and function of
abnormal T-cells that incorrectly direct the immune system to attack
specific tissues in the body, such as brain myelin in MS and
insulin-producing cells of the pancreas in diabetes.
are published in the online version of the Journal of Biological
"This finding shows the potential of using
a dietary supplement to help treat autoimmune diseases," Demetriou said
in a statement. "Most importantly, we understand how this sugar-based
supplement inhibits the cells that attack the body, making metabolic
therapy a rational approach to prevent or treat these debilitating
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