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Celiac disease immunotherapy that would replace a gluten-free diet begins ... - MedCity News
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Celiac disease immunotherapy that would replace a gluten-free diet begins ...

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The lead product from Cambridge, Massachusetts drug company ImmusanT is Nexvax2, an immunotherapy that uses a series of peptides to reprogram T cells triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, in patients with celiac disease.

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"Along with the drug, ImmusanT has developed a companion blood test to identify HLA-DQ2 celiac patients.

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It sounds good, but the side effects from the early trials included nausea for almost half of the test subjects. I guess it's easy to live a full gluten lifestyle if you're too nauseous to eat anything.

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"Along with the drug, ImmusanT has developed a companion blood test to identify HLA-DQ2 celiac patients.

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Hmmm reprogramming my T cells so that I can "safely" ingest gluten -- interesting, but I'll stick with living gluten free.

Zonulin research to possibly aid in healing of our highly permeable small intestines along with research to produce enzymes that can aid in protecting our system from small amounts of gluten/CC while dining out are both more interesting to me than genetic manipulation for now.

My wish list for Celiac Disease research would include accurate testing for both Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance AND that those accurate tests be ordered by doctors in EVREY case that presents with gastrointestinal and autoimmune symptoms. It would have been very beneficial to have been diagnosed a few decades earlier. I remain hopeful that early diagnosis will come for others in the future -- of course prevention does not provide avenue for the production of new pharmaceutical products - so I may be waiting a very long time.

Guess I'll choose to focus on the fact that all research with regard to Celiac Disease adds some information to the puzzle and try to find a patience tree to pick some fruit off of - my supply seems to be running a bit low ;)

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