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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.

Study shows that fat cells which amplify nerve signals in response to cold also affect blood sugar.

When exposed to cold, clusters of cells within the body’s white fat become beige, a colour change which reflects the creation of more energy-producing mitochondria, cellular components that enable cells … Continue Reading Study shows that fat cells which amplify nerve signals in response to cold also affect blood sugar.

Decades old mystery solved as researchers map the effect of T2 diabetes on the lymphatic vessels.

Approximately 28 million Americans live with Type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels.  The immune system plays a part in type 2 diabetes. Researchers have linked … Continue Reading Decades old mystery solved as researchers map the effect of T2 diabetes on the lymphatic vessels.

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