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Tag: microglia

October 2016

Chemical cocktail creates microglia on demand

by  /  14 October 2016

A new method transforms lab-made stem cells into microglia, the brain’s immune cells.

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September 2016

Brain’s immune cells may only play bit part in Rett syndrome

by  /  21 September 2016

Contrary to some previous reports, microglia may not play a central role in initiating Rett syndrome.

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August 2016

Questions for McCarroll, Stevens: How immune cells sculpt brains

by  /  2 August 2016

Genetic variants that impair a pathway that prunes neuronal connections may offer clues to autism.

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June 2016

Analyses of gene activity may yield clues to roots of autism

by ,  /  28 June 2016

Network analyses of gene expression patterns may point to key molecular pathways that autism alters and suggest new ways of treating the condition.

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May 2016

Gene expression patterns may underlie autism’s gender bias

by  /  5 May 2016

Genes that are expressed at higher levels in men’s brains than in women’s also tend to be enriched in the brains of people with autism.

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April 2016

Pesticide effect on cells may resemble signs of autism

by  /  4 April 2016

A class of fungicides used on crops can produce changes in mouse brain cells that look similar to those seen in people with autism.

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February 2016

The brain’s secret gardeners

by  /  3 February 2016

Once thought merely to be specialized immune system cells, microglia now appear to be master landscapers of the developing brain.

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December 2015

Staff picks from 2015

22 December 2015

Some of our favorite stories this year went beyond the news to lay bare critical controversies or highlight real-world implications of research.

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October 2015

Blue light used for optogenetics may have off-target effects

by  /  18 October 2015

Tiny pulses of blue light dampen the expression of inflammatory genes in microglia, and may cause unplanned effects when using optogenetics.

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Study grants starring role to astrocytes in Rett syndrome

by  /  17 October 2015

A new study casts brain cells called astrocytes as minor stars in Rett syndrome, a disorder that almost exclusively affects girls.

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