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Astrocytes Keep the Brain's "Internal Shield" Healthy

News   Sep 22, 2020 | Original story from Virginia Tech

 
Astrocytes Keep the Brain's "Internal Shield" Healthy

Brain cells called astrocytes appear in green, and purple represents the leakage of the blood-brain barrier. Together they show that leakage occurs around areas where astrocytes have been ablated. Now, in a study with potential impacts on a variety of neurological diseases, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists have provided the first experimental evidence from a living organism to show that astrocytes are essential for blood-brain barrier health. Credit: Ben Heithoff et al/Virginia Tech

 
 
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