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Multiple sclerosis

One protein, two healing properties

Nature volume 477, pages 287288 (15 September 2011) | Download Citation

Multiple sclerosis is linked to rogue immune cells that attack mature neurons. Remarkably, immature neurons secrete a protein called LIF, which not only inhibits this attack, but also promotes repair of the damaged nerves.

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  1. Su M. Metcalfe is in the Brain Repair Centre, Department of Neurology, University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0PY, UK.

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