The patients suffering from the multiple sclerosis have to face many problems. Their body turns on and launches an immune system attack that could destroy the coating around the nerve fibers present in the central nervous system hence leaving them exposed like bare wires. The researchers from University of Florida are working on to test a gene therapy technique that will help the body to enhance the immunity tolerance at the earliest stages in multiple sclerosis. If the researchers are successful to increase the tolerance this will help them to control the immune system attack.
A co-researcher, Brad E. Hoffman, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics in the UF College of Medicine explains, “In previous years, we have learned a lot about how to manipulate tolerance using gene therapy. Tolerance is your body's way of not responding to substances that would otherwise induce an immune response so you don't have an immune response to everything.”