Neuroimmunology in 2017

The central nervous system: privileged by immune connections

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Over the past few years, interest in the field of neuroimmunology has expanded dramatically, thanks largely to new technologies that have advanced our understanding of the intimate connections between the nervous and immune systems1. Here, we highlight key advances in 2017 that have defined new roles for microglia in brain maintenance, for cytokines as neuromodulators and for the immune system in peripheral nerve activity.

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Figure 1: Six of the neuroimmunology research areas.

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The authors thank A. Impagliazzo for help with the figure.

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Kipnis, J., Filiano, A. The central nervous system: privileged by immune connections. Nat Rev Immunol 18, 83–84 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/nri.2017.152

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