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Researchers Supported by National MS Society Pinpoint Possible Target for Myelin Repair Strategies

December 8, 2016

Researchers at the University at Buffalo report that tiny tubes known as calcium channels are crucial to the proper development of the brain cells that make myelin. Myelin insulates nerve fibers and is a target of  multiple sclerosis attacks. Mice without calcium channels had fewer myelin-making cells and were unable to grow proper myelin. This lead  might  provide a new path developing a myelin repair strategy for MS involving calcium channels. The study was funded by the National MS Society and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.

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