A team of researchers from three institutions set out to investigate whether inflammatory diseases can affect the brain in the long term in order to understand how to study neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s. Using mice, they investigated whether environmental factors change microglia, the immune cells that only occur in the brain. Their conclusions were that microglia have a sort of “immunological memory” such that inflammatory reactions alter them in the long term and has the effect of placing one at high risk of neurodegenerative diseases. Crucial functions of the microglia like eliminating plaques were noticeably affected. It is wise then to cut inflammatory disease risks. Some of the suggestions from the author of the article were having a low glycemic diet and exercising regularly.
- Studies have established a link between infectious diseases and inflammatory conditions and the severity of Alzheimer’s later in life.
- Researchers found in creating inflammatory conditions in a mouse model that they could train the microglia in the brain, initiating a stronger secondary reaction.
- After a fourth reaction, however, the microglia developed tolerance and ceased in responding strongly if at all.
“In the study, it was found that inflammatory reactions can alter the brain’s immune cells in the long term, which means that these cells have an “immunological memory.””
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