Replacing fatty acids may fight MS

Patients lack key lipids that fend off inflammation and nerve damage

By Nathan Seppa, 15:30 PM June 6, 2012

By delving into the components of protective nerve coatings that get damaged in multiple sclerosis, scientists have identified a handful of lipid molecules that appear to be attacked by an immune system run amok.

Bolstering the supply of these lipids might help preserve these nerve coatings and, in the process, knock back the inflammation that contributes to their destruction, researchers report in the June 6 Science Translational Medicine.

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