blood-spinal cord barrier

Researchers add support to evidence that the blood-spinal cord barrier is abnormally leaky in ALS

posted on May 27, 2009 - 9:00pm
Proteins that keep large molecules from moving freely across blood-vessel walls in the spinal cord appear to be deficient in people with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), MDA-supported researchers say. They don't yet know, however, whether a lower-than-normal level of some of these so-called "tight junction" proteins, is helpful or harmful in the disease process.

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