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Scientists ID a single sugar that allows antibodies to fight inflammation

Rockefeller researchers have uncovered how a widely used yet little-understood therapy for autoimmune diseases like asthma and lupus works. The treatment, called IVIG, is effective because a small fraction of the antibodies it contains are affixed with a single sugar that gives the antibodies a protective, anti-inflammatory effect. And now that they understand how it works, they may be able to turn an adequate treatment into something that’s 100 times more effective and chemically pure. More »

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