Signaling Protein Seen to Help Promote Myelin-making Cells

Signaling Protein Seen to Help Promote Myelin-making Cells

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Signaling Protein Seen to Help Promote Myelin-making Cells

A signaling protein called fractalkine helps to regulate the development of oligodendrocytes, cells of the nervous system responsible for making myelin — the protecting coating of nerve cell fibers that is damaged and lost in multiple sclerosis (MS). This finding was in the study “Fractalkine signaling regulates oligodendroglial cell genesis from SVZ precursor cells,” published in Stem Cell Reports. Myelin is a fatty substance that surrounds neurons (nerve cells) like a sheath, helping them to efficiently send electrical…

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