Study: Protective immune cells could be harnessed to fight brain diseases

07/24/2014 | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

A new study has found that immune cells known as microglia, which respond to brain illness or injury, appear to have a protective effect rather than exacerbating damage as previously thought. The new research suggests microglia play a role in the synchronization of brain signals, and they might help alleviate the effects of neurological disease. The findings reported in the journal Nature Communications suggest "we could potentially harness the protective role of microglia to improve prognosis for patients with TBI and delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease, MS and stroke," said researcher Bruce Trapp.

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