I had an interesting comment last week on a blog post about a lab in Belgium where they are working on a ‘cure’ to MG. A link was attached to the comment and the website showed information about a vaccine called myasterix.
The website says about the vaccine: ‘Clinical safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of a therapeutic vaccine that combines peptides mimicking antigen receptors on autoimmune B and T cells associated with myasthenia gravis.’
It is currently in the testing stage for humans (between 2013 and 2018) after the peptides ‘prevented or improved’ muscle fatigue in a rat model of MG and increased the remission rate to 75% in pet dogs. At present, the team, made up of Belgian, French, Dutch and Austrian organisations, are saying it would only take 3 vaccinations to bring ‘significant and lasting improvement, or even a cure’.
Make of that what you will. I’m intrigued about it, but trying not to get excited. Still, it’s good to know there is more radical work going on to tackle the condition. I’ve asked one of the Myaware team to check out what the medical committee have heard and think about it, so I’ll feedback.