ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

More evidence for calorie restriction’s longevity effect

Supplementation with vitamin D associated with improved testosterone, erectile function among middle...

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of chronic headache

Acupuncture boosts effectiveness of standard medical care for chronic pain, depression

Get the Most From Your Green Tea

VIDEO: The Best Brain Foods That Help Increase Your Memory!

Iron (And More) For Lasting, Natural Energy

Metabolic syndrome increases the need for vitamin E

Study provides new evidence that exercise is not key to weight control

 
Print Page
Email Article

New diagnostic test for lupus

  [ 40 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • August 7, 2000


Scientists have developed a new diagnostic test for lupus, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the body. Many people with lupus have arthritis as one of their symptoms, which range from skin rash and mild fatigue to organ failure, making diagnosis difficult.

While the majority of lupus patients produce antibodies to their own tissue that can be detected with a blood test that's been available since the 1950s, about 20 percent of patients - those who do not make such antibodies -- often go undiagnosed.

A test developed by Mark Roth, Ph.D., a member of The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Basic Sciences Division, promises to bridge that diagnostic gap.

In the August issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism, Roth and colleagues report the discovery that molecules called SR proteins are particularly useful biomarkers for lupus because the majority of patients produce antibodies to them.

This discovery has spawned the development of a color-coded test to detect the presence of telltale SR proteins in the serum, the clear fluid portion of the blood. The test involves adding sera to tiny wells in a plastic plate that has been coated with human SR proteins. Antibodies in the sera that stick to the SR proteins are detected by a colored molecular tag; sera from lupus patients turns purple, while sera from non-affected individuals remains clear. This test can identify 50 percent to 70 percent of lupus patients who react positively to SR proteins.

The Hutchinson Center has filed for patent protection on this assay system and expects great commercial interest in the technology, now available for license from the Center.
"This is an exciting and novel development," says J. Lee Nelson, M.D., a clinical research investigator at the Hutchinson Center who studies the pathology of autoimmune diseases.

The technique arose from a scientific experiment more than a decade ago, when Roth and colleagues injected mice with extracts of frog nuclei. Antibodies produced by these mice led to the discovery of the SR proteins used in this new screening test.



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ FibroSleep™ Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
NAD+ Ignite with Niagen

Featured Products

Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function

Natural Remedies

Relief for Dry, Itchy Skin Caused by Fibromyalgia Relief for Dry, Itchy Skin Caused by Fibromyalgia
Joint Aches May Have Met Their Match in Curcumin Joint Aches May Have Met Their Match in Curcumin
Live Without Anxiety or Stress Live Without Anxiety or Stress
How I Found My Long-Lost Energy How I Found My Long-Lost Energy
The Guaifenesin Story: A centuries-old bark extract used for clearing the airways – now key to a popular FM symptom-reversal protocol The Guaifenesin Story: A centuries-old bark extract used for clearing the airways – now key to a popular FM symptom-reversal protocol

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map