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    Oxford Research May Lead to a Cure for Celiac Disease

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    March 2000 Volume 6 Number 3 pp 337 - 342
    Robert P. Anderson, Pilar Degano, Andrew J. Godkin, Derek P. Jewell & Adrian V.S. Hill

    Celiac.com 06/25/2001 - Researchers from the Institute of Molecular Medicine and the Nuffield Department of Gastroenterology at Oxford University lead by Dr Robert Anderson have published a study regarding the toxic fraction of gluten, and the specific immune response to this fraction. To date scientists basic understanding of the mechanism that causes celiac disease has been linked to a broad immune response to a variety of gluten peptides, but researchers lacked specifics about both processes. This general understanding has now become very specific based on this new research. By subjecting 12 people with celiac disease to a gluten challenge and monitoring 51 fragments of the A-gliadin gluten protein in their bodies, researchers have determined the specific celiac disease antigen responsible for damage caused by the disorder, and the specific immune response that is caused by the antigen. The results of the study indicate that initial immune reaction to gluten was caused by only two adjacent fragments of the protein, which actually represented a single A-gliadin sequence. The immune response to this single fragment was identical in 11 out of 12 test subjects with celiac disease, and the immune response was not seen in the control subjects who did not have celiac disease. Researchers in Norway have also replicated these results.

    These findings may lead to better diagnostic tests and treatment for celiac disease, including the possibility of a vaccine or a genetically-modified version of wheat that excludes the harmful A-gliadin sequence, thus making it harmless to celiacs. Dr. Robert Anderson believes that a vaccine for celiac disease would likely involve using the toxic peptide itself, or a variation of it, to desensitize a person with the disease to the A-gliadin sequence. Further research in the area is now underway by the team.


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    I hope for a cure as well. I'm gluten intolerant too & it stinks. Just because this article is 10 years old means little. While cleaning my Dad's house after his death, I found a newspaper with headlines stating that a cancer cure was just a few years away--printed in 1918. I hope someone finds a cure so I can have another caramel roll & a decent piece of toast before I check out.

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    I agree its needs to come soon. I just turned 21 and just found out 8 months ago I was gluten intolerant. I can't imagine being getting it any younger! Although it is a healthier way to eat sometime regular bread or a hot dog or hamburger with a bun would be nice!

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    Sorry if I don't get excited about this "hopeful" information...

    Living like like some kind of odd-ball alien who can't eat people-food just plain stinks.

    I don't wish this disease on anyone, except perhaps the researchers, so they might be a bit more motivated to GET ON WITH IT!!!

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    I'm 22 and was diagnosed 6 months ago. This disease has lost me the job I wanted my whole life, a military officer. A cure is the only way for me to get that dream back so I pray with you all.

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    Sorry for being nosy but why does celiac stop You from being in the army? Isn't that prejudice or something? I was diagnosed September last year and I am having trouble coping, I hate having to make "special" arrangements for my friends birthdays if we have a meal out and today I was actually crying because I wanted a Poki stick, I ended up eating them regardless, I'm sure to regret this. I hope for myself and all of you people that someone comes up with a cure soon! There's always hope right?

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    I also hope they do find the cure to this. But all of you need to think about how lucky that this is all that is wrong with us. It could be 14,999 other things wrong with us. We are lucky that this is all it is. We are forced to eat better. I know it sucks at times. But at least it's not cancer, or some other illness.

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    Hey guys I feel for you all. My mum has had this for a long time and because I'm the only one who cares what I eat I front of her I've started to eat gluten free foods. I wish there was a cure as I hate seeing people eat what they want but my mum cannot. Must be so hard for people who've been able to eat what they want for most of their lives--please bring a cure to the limelight.

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    I understand what you all are saying. I have had celiac disease since I was 18 yrs old. It's a hard life, but you have to keep your head up and forge ahead. Lots of places have a gluten-free menu (even Olive Garden!) and there are so many new gluten free items at stores. Hopefully one day there will be a cure, but for now you don't have to stop living your life, you just have to try to think on the positive side.

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    My 7 year old son was just diagnosed with celiac this week. It's breaking my heart. He's already a picky eater and now this. Pizza and donuts and chicken nuggets are his favorite foods! (Not together, of course.) I know I can make gluten free versions of them I just hope they taste as good for him. Why can't we find any more updated articles on the research and cure? This article is 12 YEARS AGO! Thank you! (((HUGS))) to all of you going through this with us.

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    My life was crappy since my childhood but I didnt know why untill I was diagnosed in Oct 2010. It's very hard to follow the diet. I fight with my family members to ensure that they don't touch food with their spoons, etc. I always feel pain if I eat heavy sugars like potato or if I eat from cafeterias. I had to change my job to an office job in order to reduce the stress on my body. I'm not able to date/marry because this disease is playing with my nerves and I'm a guy. I believe there will be cure for this disease and I'm saving money because once they discover the cure I hope to get cured I will travel the world. I will eat everything. I will start looking for a girl without the need to look like pathetic. I'm praying everyday, please everyone do so. He will answer our need.

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    My life was crappy since my childhood but I didnt know why untill I was diagnosed in Oct 2010. It's very hard to follow the diet. I fight with my family members to ensure that they don't touch food with their spoons, etc. I always feel pain if I eat heavy sugars like potato or if I eat from cafeterias. I had to change my job to an office job in order to reduce the stress on my body. I'm not able to date/marry because this disease is playing with my nerves and I'm a guy. I believe there will be cure for this disease and I'm saving money because once they discover the cure I hope to get cured I will travel the world. I will eat everything. I will start looking for a girl without the need to look like pathetic. I'm praying everyday, please everyone do so. He will answer our need.

    Don't put off girls till there's a cure. Just find a vegetarian or someone with a similarly inconvenient diet.

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