Asthma causes T cells to induce lung inflammation but prevents the growth of brain tumors. Reprogramming T cells in patients with brain cancer to act like T cells in those with asthma may help to curb the growth of tumors.
The loss of the protein neurofibromin 1 (NF1) in adult male flies resulted in social impairments. The deficits were traced back to a primary disruption in a small group of peripheral neurons which control external stimuli, including touch and smell, that communicate to the brain.
Researchers believe their findings could lead to new targets for brain cancer therapies.
Researchers report the learning and memory deficits associated with neurofibromatosis are distinct features which require different treatment approaches.
Scientists have long believed that glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive type of primary brain tumor, begins in glial cells that make up supportive tissue in the brain or in neural stem cells. Researchers found that the tumors can originate from other types of differentiated cells in the nervous system, including cortical neurons.