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el that lack of reactive oxygen species makes arthritis worse rather than, as had been expected, better in a mouse model with arthritis. Reactive oxygen species are thought to be important in defense against pathogens. The researcher tested phytol, which increased oxidative burst in vivo, and found that it improved the arthritis in the mouse model with arthritis. In testing, also in mice, phytol showed comparative effectiveness to standard therapies for arthritis such as anti-tumour necrosis factor-á and methotrexate. The authors conclude that these results "suggest a novel pathway of autoimmune inflammatory disease and possibly a novel therapeutic strategy." A Perspective article by Andrew Cope, from Imperial College London, discusses the study's findings further.

Citation: Hultqvist M, Olofsson P, Gelderman KA, Holmberg J, Holmdahl R (2006) A new arthritis therapy with oxidative burst inducers. PLoS Med 3(9): e348.

PLEASE ADD THE LINK TO THE PUBLISHED ARTICLE IN ONLINE VERSIONS OF YOUR REPORT: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0030348

PRESS-ONLY PREVIEW OF THE ARTICLE: http://www.plos.org/press/plme-03-09-hultqvist.pdf

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Medical Inflammation Research
Experimental Medical Science
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