Could Advances Made Developing a Covid-19 Vaccine Lead to an Arthritis Vaccine?

As someone who tries to look on the bright side of life, one of the good things to come from the Covid-19 pandemic has been the quantum advances in the field of vaccines, particularly mRNA vaccines. The technology developed and propagated to fight the pandemic is already being applied to diseases like malaria, influenza and tuberculosis. But could this also bring about a vaccine for….rheumatoid arthritis? A new report appearing in Medical News Today shows that it’s a possibility.

“The authors of the recent study focused on a specific protein — 14-3-3 zeta — and its role in arthritis….

They found that the vaccination with the 14-3-3 zeta protein reduced joint inflammation and the severity of arthritis. It also helped preserve bone quality.

Dr. Chakravarti was excited by the study results, even though it was not what the team had initially expected to find.”

I particularly love scientific discoveries that occur when the researchers aren’t looking for them. Either way, we’re a long way away from any putative RA vaccine, but anything to help curtail that disease will be welcomed by the entire world.



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