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To: decimon
Any pathogen recognized by the innate immune system might cause this reaction?

I have no idea, but this reaction is limited to the central nervous system. Maybe that's why the rest of the immune system can't clean up the beta amyloid garbage left behind?

8 posted on 03/09/2010 6:30:13 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
The beta amyloid residue is only an issue when it accumulates as plaques in the brain. There isn't active blood flow across the blood/brain barrier. Apparently, no mechanism to carry away the residue. The same reaction carried out in non-CNS areas would have access to blood flow and assistance from the adaptive immune system to "clean up".
9 posted on 03/09/2010 7:35:33 PM PST by Myrddin
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