Immune cells, believed to drive autoimmunity, are selectively increased in the gut of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), along with lower numbers of cells controlling inflammation, suggesting that immune processes in the gut impact MS disease mechanisms.

The study, “The role of gut immunity in multiple sclerosis patients,” was presented at the Young Scientific Investigators’ Session 2 of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) 2016 Congress Sept. 14-17 in London.

Today, few researchers doubt that gut immune processes impact immune mechanisms in the rest of the body, and may contribute to autoimmunity. A common theory is that environmental factors, such as diet and microbes, increase the risk of developing an autoimmune disease in people who carry a genetic risk by changing intestinal immunity.

Many studies have been performed in animal models of MS concerning the role of gut microbiota, but the research team from San Raffaele Hospital in Italy chose to investigate patients directly.

The team recruited 23 relapsing-remitting MS patients and 16 control individuals who underwent an endoscopy for diagnostic purposes. The team analyzed the immune cells found in the gut mucosa and in the blood of these individuals. None of the MS patients had been treated with corticosteroids in the previous six months, and antibiotics in the previous four weeks, as these treatments are known to impact the gut microbiota...  [Read More]

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