Brain and Immune System: Not Unconnected? (NHS Choices / Nature)


Researchers have discovered previously unsuspected lymphatic vessels in the outer layers of the brain. The brain and central nervous system were not previously thought to be connected to the lymphatic system, so this discovery may pave the way for new research insights concerning the possible role(s) of lymph drainage in neurodegenerative diseases. Various associations between inflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease, multiple sclerosis etc. have been suggested in earlier research.

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‘Missing link’ between brain and immune system discovered. London: NHS Choices, June 8th 2015.

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Louveau, A. Smirnov, I. [and] Keyes, TJ. [et al] (2015). Structural and functional features of central nervous system lymphatic vessels. Nature. June 1st 2015. [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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Gallagher, J. (2017). Paralysis inspires MS discovery. London: BBC Health News, March 13th 2017.

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