“The human body’s immune system can quickly track down and kill cells that don’t belong. Take certain kinds of bacteria: molecules on their surfaces flag them as foreign invaders, alerting the body’s defenders to the breach and drawing a full-fledged attack on anything waving that molecular flag. But sometimes the system mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells. The result is autoimmune disease, such as type 1 diabetes, in which the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas are attacked and destroyed by T cells. ” Read about this in an article by Katie Moisse entitled: Counterintuitive Cure: A Nanovaccine That Stops Autoimmune Disease by Boosting the Immune System which describes a new treatment which prevents type 1 diabetes in mice by turning the immune system on itself.
It seems to us that direct parallels can be drawn for our disease Birdshot Chorioretinopathy and this idea could be useful in finding us a cure.
Rea and Annie