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Overactive scavenger cells may cause neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's

20:00 EDT 29 Jun 2017 | AAAS

(University of Zurich) For the first time, researchers at the University of Zurich have demonstrated a surprising effect of microglia, the scavenger cells of the brain: If these cells lack the TDP-43 protein, they not only remove Alzheimer's plaques, but also synapses. This removal of synapses by these cells presumably lead to neurodegeneration observed in Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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