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This gene could reduce inflammation after stroke

IANS  |  New York 

Researchers have found that a gene could help the brain heal itself after a or any other head-related

The study, published in Cell Reports, suggested that a dose of the TRIM9 gene could reduce brain swelling after stroke, prevent damage following a blow to the head (concussion) or encephalitis, which is the of the brain.

In addition, in a lab model, the researchers from the University of found that older brains with low TRIM9 levels -- or engineered brains missing the TRIM9 gene entirely -- were prone to extensive swelling following a

The is because TRIM9 is abundant in the youthful brain but grows scarce with age.

On the other hand, when the team used a harmless virus to carry a dose of the gene directly into TRIM9-deficient brains, the swelling decreased dramatically and recovery improved, the findings further revealed.

It is unlikely that delivered by viruses will become the go-to treatment for strokes, or as the best shot at treating is within the first 30 minutes to one hour, said at the varsity.

Jung further added that not all in the brain is bad as it plays a role in fighting and helps clear away dead tissue. However, for a long duration could lead to the death of neurons.



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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 17:26 IST