US scientists repaired MS nerve
US scientists have repaired the nerve damage caused by multiple sclerosis in the lab experiments on mice. The scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Roschester, hope their work would eventually lead to new treatments. MS is caused due to defect in the body`s immune system, which turns in on itself, and attacks the fatty myelin sheath which coats the nerves. The researchers used a human anti-body to re-grow myelin in mice with the progressive form of MS. They told a meeting of the American Neurological Association they hope to begin patient trials after perfecting the technique further in animal tests. Although the symptoms can be managed to some degree, there is currently no way to restore damaged myelin. Researcher Dr Moses Rodriguez said, the concept of using natural human antibodies to treat disease of this kind has not yet been tested in humans, but these research findings are very promising. His colleague Dr Arthur Warrington said, the findings could eventually lead to new treatments that could limit permanent disability. Myelin repair normally occurs in the body spontaneously, but MS appears to sabotage this mechanism.