Monday December 18th 2017

Leprosy hijacks immune system, similar to autoimmune diseases

Leprosy hijacks the immune system, turning an important repair mechanism into one that causes potentially irreparable damage to our nerve cells, UCLA researchers have discovered. The new findings,published online today in the journal  Cell, suggest that leprosy shares underlying characteristics with some autoimmune diseases.Courtesy of Cressida MadiganCressida Madigan“We discovered that the mechanism of nerve damage in leprosy is very similar to what happens in diseases like multiple sclerosis,” said Cressida Madigan, a postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA and first author of the paper. “That means we might be able to use leprosy to learn more about how in flammation damages the nervous system in these other diseases.”Leprosy is an infectious disease that affects the skin and peri…

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