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Autoimmune disease

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Mouse studies suggest testosterone could help treat MS. In the mouse experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model of MS, presymptomatic treatment with testosterone restored excitatory synaptic transmission and synaptic protein levels within the hippocampus and decreased cognitive disability and atrophy in the hippocampus compared with saline control treatment. In the same model, postsymptomatic treatment restored excitatory synaptic transmission and decreased disease severity compared with saline control treatment. Next steps include clinical testing of testosterone in men with MS.

SciBX 5(37); doi:10.1038/scibx.2012.974
Published online Sept. 20, 2012

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Ziehn, M.O. et al. J. Neurosci.;
published online Sept. 5, 2012;
doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2796-12.2012
Contact: Rhonda R. Voskuhl,
University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.
e-mail:
rvoskuhl@ucla.edu