Israeli Scientists Make Breakthrough in Treatment for Psoriasis

February 27, 2013 12:02 pm 14 comments

Model of Interleukin 17F. Photo: Wikipedia

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in collaboration with Teva Pharmaceuticals have developed an improved version of an experimental medicine for the treatment of the chronic skin disease psoriasis.

Dr. Marianna Zaretsky and Professor Amir Aharoni, from Ben-Gurion University and the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, working with Drs. Liora Tabron, Yoel Kay and Revital Etzioni from Teva, have engineered a transgenic receptor that binds with high affinity to natural interleukin-17.

Psoriasis is caused by the immune system sending out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. One of the signals involved in the process is interleukin-17. The researchers have developed a new method to inhibit interleukin-17, and hopefully decrease the inflammation associated with psoriasis.

“We developed this method to treat patients who did not respond to existing treatments,” Aharoni said.

According to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, upwards of 125 million people suffer worldwide from the disease. Celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Art Garfunkel have battled publicly with the disease.

14 Comments

  • Mijn dochter heeft ook psoriasis en heeft daar behoorlijk last van graag informatie over deze behandeling

    “My daughter has psoriasis and has since suffered from quite happy about this treatment”

    • ADIL AMINE RIFQI

      hello SYLVIA
      conact me in my gmail i will help you to sort your probleme(Psoriasis)

  • I used an argan oil solution I got from a Moroccan man and it cured my psoriasis .His name is Adil Amine Rifqi and he lives in the Village Inraren, Aksri, Aourir Agadir, Many people with skin problems go to him for his argan oil solution. The receipt was passed on to him by an old women in the village before she died. You can contact him at rifqiinraren@gmail.com

  • My brother was diagnosed with psoriasis about 10 yrs ago, he tried different treatments but it always comes back. I would love to learn more about it and possible to bring it to Brazil and US.

  • HI guys I’m Daniel from iran and i have this plague since 2009 and now I’m21 i can’t stand this anymore. can u help me.
    and i heard that Deadsea there is a cure for psoriasis is that true. help me PLZ

  • I would love too learn more about this method here in Australia

  • frank soong

    how can I see more detail for this new method? thanks

  • Is this treatment similar to biologic injections or an oral medication? Is there anyway for me to get my hands on it in Singapore to try out?

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