Studying the mechanisms of brain recovery after a stroke, scientists from the Texas Medical Center (USA) figured out how to speed up the recovery process. The results offer hope for millions of stroke survivors.
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What do scientists offer
The retinoid x-receptor (RXR) turned out to be a stimulant of inflammation.
Experiments with mouse models have shown that it enhances the action of phagocytic immune cells that remove dead cells after a stroke.
In the first stage of the experiments, rodents removed the RXR gene in immune cells. This contributed to a longer recovery and increased brain atrophy compared with the control group.
In another experiment, mice were given a retinoid preparation, bexarotin, which activated RXR. As a result, the volume of brain atrophy decreased, and recovery accelerated.
After a stroke, specialists must influence the RXR receptor / Photo: Pixabay
While the results are preliminary, however, the discovery of RXR as a receptor, which accelerates recovery after a stroke, means the discovery of a new therapeutic target.
In particular, the authors of the study believe that the retinoid x-receptor opens up great prospects in the treatment of stroke. Research will continue.
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