Medical Xpress: Malicious brain cell identified—surprising finding fills gap in understanding astrocytes’ role in brain disease

| Posted in Brain Disease, Brain Education, Brain Research

Astrocytes—the star-shaped cells of our brain—are very busy. Their job description includes maintaining the blood-brain barrier, removing excess neurotransmitters, repairing brain tissue and more. Their important role in brain function suggests astrocytes are also involved in disease. Scientists are particularly interested in uncovering how they may drive inflammation in the brain. Brain inflammation is linked to a host of mysterious and devastating diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness. (September 13, 2018)

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