Stroke of luck

时间:2019-03-08 09:04:00166网络整理admin

DRUGS that were originally designed to protect nerve cells after a patient has suffered a stroke could help to treat multiple sclerosis, say researchers in France. Multiple sclerosis destroys myelin, a fatty coating that insulates certain nerve fibres. Catherine Lubetzki and her colleagues at Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris knew that nerve signals help to build up myelin, so they speculated that if they promoted signalling this might have the same effect. The researchers added the neuroprotective drug eliprodil, which promotes nerve signalling, to cultures of mouse brain cells and found that the drug doubled myelination (Neurology, vol 52, p 346). Lubetzky cautions that the effect has so far only been seen in test tube experiments,