Belgians looking for an alternative to EPO

A recent press release from the University of Leuven shows that the fight against doping is a never ending battle. When they move to the stage of testing on humans I don’t suppose there will be a shortage of volunteers in Flanders. Somebody should tell the researchers to reject men with shaven legs.

Leuven, Belgium − Many patients with a chronic disease or cancer have to contend with anemia and the severe fatigue that accompanies anemia impedes the patient considerably in his or her daily activities. At present, the hormone EPO is administered to a large number of these patients to alleviate the anemia. But unfortunately, treatment with EPO is not always effective, and not all patients respond to this therapy. VIB scientists connected to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have been researching the role of the Gas6 protein. This substance has proven successful in the treatment of mice with anemia, without causing the side effects that the use of EPO entails. In addition, Gas6 contributes to a reinforcement of EPO’s effect. Gas6 might possibly form the basis for a new treatment for anemia and offer a remedy for patients where EPO is ineffective.

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