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Molecule Reduces Alzheimer Plaques In Brain, Researchers Report

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May 2, 2001
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University Of California, San Francisco
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The highways and byways through which the brain exchanges messages require maintenance much as any municipal road. Crucial to these thoroughfares are the trash collectors, which prevent the accumulation of toxic waste. What would happen if such debris were left to accumulate? Alzheimer's disease would result. Now, researchers at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease and the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have identified a molecule that could be key to getting trash-collecting cells, called microglia, back to work.

The highways and byways through which the brain exchanges messages require maintenance much as any municipal road. Crucial to these thoroughfares are the trash collectors, which prevent the accumulation of toxic waste. What would happen if such debris were left to accumulate? Alzheimer's disease would result.


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