08/01/2010 // Hong Kong // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Hong Kong – Researchers have identified three gluten components that may trigger an allergic reaction for sufferers of celiac disease. As reported by Reuters, experts found that only three of more than 16,000 components to gluten trigger the allergy, which is linked to chronic fatigue and other health issues.
Researcher Robert Anderson of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Victoria, Australia is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “If you can (narrow down) the toxicity of an allergen to a few components, that enables you to make a highly targeted therapy in a way that you no longer need to target the whole immune system.”
Anderson is further quoted as stating, “To our surprise, the majority of the immune response to gluten can fall back to just three components of gluten. It means the immune response is highly focused on maybe some particular forbidden fragments of the gluten.”
More information about the findings may be available in the Science Translational Medicine journal.
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