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CU-Boulder study shows brain's immune system may cause chronic seizures
Date:7/6/2009

micro-glial cells. The glial cells very rapidly clustered around the area where the LPS was applied and created an immune reaction in that locale.

The glial cells then released their cytokines, causing the neurons to become excitable enough to cause seizures. By directly applying other drugs that either blocked the activation of glial cells or the effect of cytokines on neurons, all signs of increased brain excitability and seizures were abolished, Barth said.


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Contact: Daniel Barth
daniel.barth@colorado.edu
303-492-0359
University of Colorado at Boulder
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