Drug May Lower Gluten Toxicity in Patients with Celiac Disease
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The findings, which appear in the February issue of Gastroenterology, show that BL-7010, which was previously labeled P(HEMA-co-SS, lowers gluten toxicity by reducing the body's digestion of wheat gluten.
The findings also show that BL-7010 also improves the immune response to gluten in rodents, as well as preventing gluten-induced pathological damage to the small intestine.
Furthermore, they note that BL-7010 is not absorbed systemically, indicating that its gluten-neutralizing effects are likely safe. These data demonstrate BL-7010's therapeutic potential for reducing or blocking gluten-induced disorders in humans with celiac disease.
Because it can be difficult to maintain a life-long, strict, gluten-free diet, the fact that BL-7010 may attenuate the immune response to gluten and reduce subsequent damage to the small intestine, suggests that this drug, or others like it may be useful in improving quality of life for millions of celiac disease patients.
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