Worm molecule may ease autoimmune disease symptoms

A molecule in parasitic worms could explain why some worm infections can treat a range of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Researchers analysed the peptides (naturally occurring molecules or short chains of amino acids) found in parasitic worms.

Lead researcher Professor Ray Norton identified the molecule AcK1 that can suppress an abnormal immune response by blocking a potassium channel.

This research could help develop new drugs, containing the worm molecule, that can provide relief from the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.

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