Researcher finds way to convert blood cells into treatment.,  Cells from one’s own blood could be converted into a treatment for , like and Crohn’s disease, based on the discovery of a .

Chang Kim, a professor of comparative pathobiology, has created a way to direct the differentiation of T-cells, a white blood cell that is a key player in the body’s immune system. The method uses naïve T-cells, immature cells from which all T-cells develop, and induces them to become suppressive T-cells that block the development of associated with autoimmune diseases.

Naïve T-cells can be gathered from a patient’s blood, treated and then re-injected, said Kim, who also is a university faculty scholar and member of Purdue’s Center for Cancer Research and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

These cells are being directed to become a type of cell that is already present in our bodies, where a fine balance between inflammatory T-cells and suppressive T-cells is maintained,” he said. “We are just tipping the scales in favor of suppressive T-cells to reduce inflammation. Because of this there are none of the associated with many immune-. In addition, cells from one’s own body aren’t rejected and remain in the body much longer. Instead of taking a pill every day, this could lead to a treatment administered, for example, every six months.

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About Robert Hill

I founded IDEAS Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society, from my home base in Vancouver, British Columbia. Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society IDEAS is established to raise public awareness of intestinal diseases in order to help remove the stigmas associated with these illnesses. The programs of IDEAS help children, youth and young adults learn to live full lives, find acceptance and gain confidence.

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