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Can multiple sclerosis be treated with antivirals?

Written by Abigail Sawyer (Senior Editor)

multiple sclerosis vaccine myelin from macaques

T cells have been implicated in the loss of myelin in monkeys with a central nervous system (CNS) disease that is similar to multiple sclerosis (MS) in humans, providing hope that antivirals could be developed as a potential MS treatment.   Conducted by a team from Oregon Health and Science University (OSHU; Portland, OR, USA) and published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the study aimed to probe further into the chance discovery of a naturally occurring disease called Japanese macaque encephalomyelitis in a group of Japanese macaques at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in 2011.  If the cause and progression of the...

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