HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
New strategy for treating allergic disorders

Ghent − Oral intake of allergens or auto-antigens via the lactic acid bacterium Lactococcus lactis might be a new strategy for treating various kinds of auto-immune and allergic disorders. VIB researchers associated with Ghent University, in collaboration with the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam, have shown that auto-antigens or allergens can be administered orally via the lactic acid bacterium. Based on this principle, which has been patented by VIB, ActoGeniX − a spin-off from VIB and Ghent University − is already developing a variety of biopharmaceutical medicines for a range of clinical indications.

The immune system

Every day our immune system combats harmful substances and micro-organisms that seek to penetrate our body. However, if our immune system is not working properly, we are subject to a variety of diseases. In the case of auto-immune diseases, the immune system no longer distinguishes between our bodys own substances and foreign substances and begins to attack our own tissues and organs. In other cases, the immune system responds mistakenly to harmless substances, such as the house dust mite, milk products, or pollen. This inappropriate immune system reaction to contact with such substances (allergens) is called an allergy. Today, 20% of the European population suffers from an allergy, which is twice as many sufferers compared to 15 years ago.

Lactococcus as supplier of remedies

In its natural form, the lactic acid bacterium (Lactococcus lactis) is a well-known food bacterium that has been used since time immemorial to convert milk into cheese and yoghurt. In the battle against chronic intestinal diseases, VIB researchers have been using L. lactis as a producer of a drug against gastroenteritis. The initial results of the clinical trials are promising.

Now, the bacterium is also being used to fight other disorders. There are a number of active substances for the treat
'"/>

Contact: Ann Van Gysel
ann.vangysel@vib.be
329-244-6611
VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology
1-Aug-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Does EPA have an adequate strategy to oversee nanotechnologies?
2. High blood pressure medication strategy proves effective in Hispanic women
3. Rutgers: GM/GMO/Biotech crop containment strategy
4. Scientists identify new strategy for preventing acute and chronic brain disease
5. International risk research strategy and funding needed for nanotech safety
6. Study shows metabolic strategy of stressed cell
7. Trojan horse strategy defeats drug-resistant bacteria
8. Targeting the adrenal gland could be key strategy against heart failure, Jefferson scientists show
9. Drug strategy makes cancer genes get lost in translation
10. Researchers develop new strategy for the treatment of CML
11. Nanotech safety needs specific government risk research strategy and funding

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/11/2016)... -- According to new research from Acuity Market Intelligence, ... fingerprint, iris, and eye-vein biometric smartphones have been ... This includes market leaders Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, ... 600 million biometric smartphones are currently in use ... Maxine Most , Acuity Market Intelligence Principal, ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016  Vigilant Solutions announces today that its license ... used by Lee,s Summit Police Department ... and arrest of a homicide suspect. Kansas ... around 65 square miles and is home to roughly 100,000 ... a single mobile license plate reader system and also leverages ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... PUNE, India , February 10, 2016 ... --> According to 2016 iris ... fingerprint identification iris recognition is more widely ... are available with both fingerprint and iris ... allows the user to avoid purchasing two ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... February 13, 2016 , ... ... pleased to announce the launch of two new analog SLMs with resolutions of ... to control incident light in amplitude, phase, or the combination of both on ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... Global Stem Cells Group has announced an ... center in Quito, Ecuador, Feb. 24-March 6, 2016. The new facility will provide advanced ... , Global Stem Cells Group CEO Benito Novas will host the event, which will ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... DIEGO , Feb. 12, 2016 Biocom, the ... science community, took a group of San Diego ... as part of its 2016 Precision Medicine Advocacy Fly-In. Biocom ... the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare ... as well as San Diego U.S. Representatives Susan Davis ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The Pittcon 2016 Exposition, which ... will include 848 exhibitors (count as of February 9) of which 119 are ... used by the scientific community in industrial, academic, and government labs. The Exposition ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: