Mertk Gene Plays Key Role in Myelin Repair, Mouse Study Finds

Mertk Gene Plays Key Role in Myelin Repair, Mouse Study Finds

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Mertk Gene Plays Key Role in Myelin Repair, Mouse Study Finds

A gene called Mertk has important roles in the repair of myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects neurons and that is lost in multiple sclerosis (MS). The findings were published in Cell Press, in the study “Multiple sclerosis risk gene Mertk is required for microglial activation and subsequent remyelination.” The study was funded by Genentech. MS is caused by the immune system attacking the myelin sheath and the resultant loss of myelin (termed demyelination).…

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