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SPbU scientists create a drug for autoimmune diseases made of helminth derivatives

Scientists at St. Petersburg University develop a medicine based of helminth derivatives, that would help fight against autoimmune diseases, the press service of the university informed after the Academy on autoimmunity (SPBAA-2018) had been concluded.
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«A molecule based on helminth worm derivatives is now being created. Helminths live in our body and do not want to kill it, they at the same time fight the immune system, not destroying but regulating it. Having observed this property, we <> managed to extract products of helminths that in the future would make it possible to create a medicine which modulates the immune system and helps fight against autoimmune diseases,» the press service quoted Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld, the head of the Laboratory of the Mosaic of Autoimmunity at St. Petersburg State University and the founder and head of The Zabludowicz Centre for Autoimmune Diseases.

The researchers believe that the drug will help cure more than 80 diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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