Osteoarthritis is a common condition among seniors that could require them to seek home health care in order to go about their daily activities. Now, researchers are suggesting they may have found the cause of the bone disease.
Research published in the FASEB Journal suggests scientists have found the epigenetic change, otherwise known as a DNA methylation. This process is responsible for switching on and off the gene that produces MMP13, the enzyme that is important the cartilage destruction.
The study's authors are excited by their findings, as they suggest that this recent discovery could be a breakthrough in understanding the disease, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's aging society.
"As the population gets older, osteoarthritis presents increasing social and economic problems," said Dr. David A. Young, a researcher involved in the work from the Musculoskeletal Research Group at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. "Our work provides a better understanding of the events that cause cartilage damage during osteoarthritis and provides hope that tailored drug development to prevent the progress of disease will improve the quality of life and mobility of many arthritis sufferers."
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