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Brain Discovery Could Boost Body’s Ability To Fight Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis — UVA Today

Thursday, 20 October, 2022

Brain Discovery Could Boost Body’s Ability To Fight Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis — UVA Today

UVA Health researchers have discovered a molecule in the brain responsible for orchestrating the immune system’s responses to Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis, potentially allowing doctors to supercharge the body’s ability to fight those and other devastating neurological diseases.

The molecule the researchers identified, called a kinase, is crucial to both removing plaque buildup associated with Alzheimer’s and preventing the debris buildup that causes multiple sclerosis, or MS, the researchers found. It does this, the researchers showed, by directing the activity of brain cleaners called microglia. These immune cells were once largely ignored by scientists, but have, in recent years, proved vital players in brain health.

Read more at: https://news.virginia.edu/content/brain-discovery-could-boost-bodys-ability-fight-alzheimers-multiple-sclerosis

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