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Researchers led by VIB-KU Leuven discover a population of specialized brain-resident white blood cells in the mouse and human brain, and show that the presence of these lymphocytic cells is essential for normal brain development in mice. The team states these results contribute towards the increasing recognition of the role of circulating immune cells in the brain and their involvement in a range of neurological diseases.

New role for white blood cells in the developing brain.

Our onboard computer, the brain, is a sterile environment separated from the immune system by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which is why it has its own resident immune cells, known … Continue Reading New role for white blood cells in the developing brain.

Researchers identify previously unknown class of antigen present in T1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is the autoimmune form of diabetes, in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by immune cells, especially those known as T cells.  Insulin is … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown class of antigen present in T1 diabetes.

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