AFA: A protein produced in rheumatoid arthritis may combat plaques

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In a study involving mice, researchers found that rats treated with GM-CSF, a protein produced in people with rheumatoid arthritis, had more than a 50 percent decrease in beta amyloid, which forms the plaques found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The scientists believe the protein attracts cells called microglia from the blood supply around the brain, which then attack the amyloid plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. The mice were genetically altered to have memory problems similar to those found in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

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