Autoimmune Treatment From Sea Anemones – Part 1

Autoimmune Treatment From Sea Anemones – Part 1

Dr. Christine Beeton, an ANRF grant recipient from 2004-2005, is working on a project that has developed a potential treatment for a variety of autoimmune diseases called ShK-186. This treatment method, which has been harvested from sea anemones living in the Caribbean, acts as a peptide and blocks potassium channels of white blood cells found in autoimmune diseases. Through a global collaboration of finding the sea anemone and figuring out how to produce the drug, Dr. Beeton has made great strides in the field of autoimmunity.

Through subsequent clinical trials it was found that ShK-186 is extremely responsive and successful in humans and a proper dosage was figured out on how much of the drug to administer to produce successful results.

Watch Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Beeton and more on her exciting research project!

Are you excited for this unique approach of finding a treatment for autoimmune diseases? Leave your comments about Dr. Beeton’s sea anemone project below!

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The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

4 Comments
  • pat
    Posted at 02:57h, 17 December Reply

    Treatments from nature, awesome.

  • Maryann
    Posted at 11:49h, 29 December Reply

    This is very exciting news! Just maybe it will not have the same side effects that most RA drugs have! I hope to read more about this research.

  • Luis
    Posted at 10:18h, 09 May Reply

    When will this be available to the public or be doing clinical trials on humans?

    • admin
      admin
      Posted at 12:22h, 09 May Reply

      Kineta is already doing clinical trials, we’ve posted about the work on our social media accounts so please stay tuned there or visit the Kineta website and click on autoimmune under Pipeline in the navigation.

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