Blocking protein acts as brake on MS

Australian researchers have found that blocking a particular protein acts as a handbrake to stop the progression of multiple sclerosis.

An estimated 21,000 Australians have MS, a disease that can attack parts of the central nervous system such as the brain and the spinal cord.

Doctors from Monash University and RMIT have discovered the interaction of two proteins causes damage to nerve fibres, and when they blocked the interaction, the disease was halted.

Their findings have been published in Brain, a respected international neurology journal — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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