What if the “cure” for some autoimmune allergies like asthma and life threatening anaphylaxis could be found in our own bodies? That is what researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) may have discovered in the protein called neuritin. The role of this natural protein plays in the brain and nervous system has been known for years but five years ago researchers began to look at the role it may play in the immune system. The results are promising and researchers hope that they may be the basis for new treatments.
Researchers have discovered a function in the immune system that could hold the key to treating allergic conditions like asthma and stop life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Experts from The Australian National University (ANU) have unearthed a natural way the body prevents autoimmune disease and allergies. The process is driven by a protein in the body called neuritin.
“We found this absolutely fascinating mechanism of our own bodies that stops the production of rogue antibodies that can cause either autoimmunity or allergies,” senior author, ANU Professor Carola Vinuesa, said.
"It’s been known for years that neuritin has a role in the brain and in the nervous system but we found an abundance of neuritin in the immune system and its mechanism – which has never been described in biology.