Manipulating Brain Cells called Astrocytes May Ease Alzheimer’s Symptoms, Study Finds

Manipulating Brain Cells called Astrocytes May Ease Alzheimer’s Symptoms, Study Finds
Manipulating astrocytes — a type of cell in the brain — to deliver a protein that favors the survival of neurons can rescue cognitive function, including memory, in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease, a study reports. The study, “Conditional BDNF delivery from astrocytes rescues memory deficits, spine density and synaptic properties in the 5xFAD mouse model of Alzheimer disease,” was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. A protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, is an important neurotransmitter — substances produced in response to nerve signals that act as che
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