Alzheimer’s: Scientists discover ‘profound influence’ of immune cells on disease progression

Scientists have found a discovery that shows how microglia increases over time when they’re in contact with harmful proteins located in the brain. These harmful proteins are linked to Alzheimer’s and the microglia are used to fight off infections that are found in the central nervous system. When the microglia come into contact with the harmful proteins, it becomes dysfunctional and a toxic protein is then created in the brain. This can play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Key Takeaways:

  • Researchers have found that microglia actually increase when they encounter proteins in the brain that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Microglia act as the first line of defense that fights against infections in the central nervous system of the body.
  • Researchers did tests on rodents that show you can slow down cell dysfunction by stopping the growth of microglia.

“The researchers said their findings, published in the journal Cell Reports, could pave the way for developing new treatments for the disease by focusing on microglia.”

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