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tive treatment for myelin diseases."

Understanding the process by which nerve cells are myelinated also could be applied to other disorders as well, Dr. Svaren said. Diabetic neuropathy, which results in a loss of feeling in the extremities, also is thought to involve myelin production.

Dr. Svaren added that it is possible that the current study's findings about myelin production in the peripheral nervous system could lead to greater understanding of how myelination takes place in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Myelination in the central nervous system is not well understood. Multiple sclerosis, a degenerative muscular disorder that can be fatal, results from the destruction of myelin in the central nervous system.


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