London: Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis have been given hope of recovery after a protein, which triggers the disease, has been discovered.According to researchers, the findings may lead to an effective and potentially less toxic alternative therapy to current anti-TNF (tumour necrosis factor) drugs, currently being prescribed to arthritis patients, which suppress the immune system, leaving patients at risk of developing infections, the Daily Express reported.Dr Jane Salmon, who led the study, said that they have identified a clinically potential new target for drugs to treat patients, the protein called IRHOM2.The team used a model that mimics human rheumatoid arthritis in mice, which were genetically engineered to be deficient in IRHOM2.
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