A discovery at the University of Saskatchewan could pave the way for research into new drugs that could potentially slow or reverse the course for patients with Multiple Sclerosis.
A research team led by Dr. Michael Levin discovered that nerve cells in the brains of MS patients contain stress granules that appear to contribute to nerve cell death.
The job of the stress granules normally is to protect nerve cells, but these abnormal granules do the opposite.
The cause of these abnormal granules isn’t known yet, other than it’s part of the body’s immune response.
The next step is to look for stress granules in animal models of MS and test drugs to disassemble them.
Saskatchewan has the highest rate of MS in the country and Canada has one of the highest rates in the world.