Jan 5, 2023

New immune culprit discovered in Alzheimer’s disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

The reason your three-pound brain doesn’t feel heavy is because it floats in a reservoir of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which flows in and around your brain and spinal cord. This liquid barrier between your brain and skull protects it from a hit to your head and bathes your brain in nutrients.

But the CSF has another critical, if less known, function: it also provides to the brain. Yet, this function hasn’t been well studied.

A Northwestern Medicine study of CSF has discovered its role in , such as Alzheimer’s disease. This discovery provides a new clue to the process of neurodegeneration, said study lead author David Gate, assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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