I always wonder the cause of my multiple sclerosis. There is data that suggest genetics, environment and even viruses, such as mononucleosis, may play a role. As of now the cause of the autoimmune disease that destroys myelin in the brain and spinal cord is still unknown.
“No one knows for sure why people develop MS and we welcome any research that increases our understanding of how to stop it.” Said UK MS Society’s David Schley.
Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK and the University of Alberta in Canada discovered an exciting new cellular mechanism that may cause the disease.
Scientists found a protein called Rab32 in brains of MS patients that is non-existent in healthy brain cells. According to KATU, When the brain tissue was explored calcium stored in cells got too close to a part of the cell call mitochondria. The mitochondria in the cells throughout are bodies are responsible for creating 90% of the energy needed to sustain life and support organ function. In turn, this will allow further research for treatments that target Rab32.
Professor Paul Eggleton stated, “Our exciting new findings have uncovered a new avenue for researchers to explore. It is a critical step, and in time, we hope it might lead to effective new treatment for MS.”
Many doctor’s and researchers are optimistic about this development. Hopefully it will lead to more advanced therapies, early detection and a decrease in symptoms for the many suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Do you wonder what causes multiple sclerosis? Are you hopeful about this new discovery?
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