Autoimmune diseases of the body can be treated with eye proteinA factor (protein) in the human eye may prove effective to prevent and halt autoimmune eye disease in animal models besides useful for preventing and treating other autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis and diabetes, as per scientists at the Schepens Eye Research Institute.

The factor alpha-MSH, when harnessed and used as a therapeutic drug, was demonstrated by the authors in a study in the November issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology to be useful in successfully preventing the onset of and stop progression of uveitis.

The Schepens Eye Research Institute team was awarded a $330, 000 grant by the Wadsworth Foundation to explore new therapies for multiple sclerosis on the virtue of this study and the basic research leading up to it.