Entries by Marisa de la Cruz

New seizure-preventing role identified for brain immune cells

Akassoglou Lab Researchers discovered in mice studies that the brain’s microglia, cells that constantly monitor surrounding neurons, keep spontaneous seizures in check by tempering neuronal hyperactivity. To read full article, click here.  (AP Photo/David Duprey)

An Unexpected Role for the Brain’s Immune Cells

In the new study, Akassoglou and her team show that microglia (yellow) extend their branches to touch nearby neurons (blue and green), preventing these neurons from becoming overly active and causing seizures. Video by Keun-Young Kim, Gladstone Institutes. To read full article, click here.