Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that knows no bounds and can damage any part of the body, from the skin to the joints to the organs.
There is no cure for lupus, a disease that flares up and then seems to disappear before returning again.
But researchers say they have discovered that by using a combination of two drugs that already exist, it’s possible to reverse lupus in mice.
In a new study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers from the University of Florida, Gainesville, have found that by inhibiting certain metabolic pathways in immune cells it’s possible to combat lupus in mice.
The most surprising result from this study was that the combination of the two metabolic inhibitors was necessary to reverse disease.
Laurence Morel, Ph.D., University of Florida College of Medicine
Each year, 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported across the country. The disease affects about 1.5 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America.