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New gene linked to multiple sclerosis discovered

A gene involved in changing how certain immune cells work in those with the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS) has been discovered.

Characterised by the onset of chronic, neurodegenerative damage of the central nervous system, this unpredictable, often disabling disease disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body by attacking the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibres.

Right now, its causes are unknown although various self-immune mechanisms are known to be involved.

Researchers are already aware that genetic variants lead to changes in the code of the DNA component and that in order to understand their biological effects, the effects of the expression of the corresponding gene need to be studied, in other words, the changes in the messenger RNA and the proteins.

The new study showed that the gene known as ANKRD55 produces three different transcripts of the messenger RNA, and that the genetic variant associated with MS greatly increases the product ..

Read Full Article: New gene linked to multiple sclerosis discovered – The Economic Times

Read Full Article: New gene linked to multiple sclerosis discovered – The Economic Times

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