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Researchers Uncover Clues About Gateway To The Brain

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March 30, 1999
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Washington University School Of Medicine
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Scientists have uncovered evidence about the workings of one of the gateways into the brain. Their findings suggest approaches to control the gateway with drugs, which could have implications for treating AIDS, depression, cancer and other diseases that affect the brain.

St. Louis, March 30, 1999 -- Scientists have uncovered evidence about the workings of one of the gateways into the brain. Their findings suggest approaches to control the gateway with drugs, which could have implications for treating AIDS, depression, cancer and other diseases that affect the brain. Doctors have struggled to get many drugs across a main gateway to the brain known as the blood-brain barrier. But now, researchers have determined that a guardian protein called p-glycoprotein at this barrier collaborates with a similar protein to limit traffic through a second barrier to the brain. This structure, which lines cavities deep within the brain, is known as the choroid plexus.


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