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Protein Key to Nerve Health Hitches a Ride on Brain’s Garbage Truck

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A new study led by Rashid Deane, research professor of neurosurgery, shows that the brain’s waste-removal system serves as both trash collector and delivery service, providing neurons with a protein important to maintaining cognitive function while simultaneously cleaning brain tissue. The research may help explain why different genetic varieties of the protein can indicate risk for Alzheimer’s disease or promote longevity.

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