Molecule may protect brain against inflammation

PALO ALTO, Calif.

They found that Alpha B-crystallin, a protein found in parts of the body such as the eye and the heart acts as a brake on the immune system, helping to curb inflammation in the brain.

In addition, the substance shrank the size of stroke-induced lesions in the brains of mice, even when administered hours after the stroke.

The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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