Chronic stress can provoke neuroinflammation. This is the conclusion reached by scientists Florida Atlantic University and Ohio state University, writes News-medical.net.
Experts drew attention to the inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-1 (IL-1), which is the main regulator of the activity of immune cells in the brain. Scientists conducted tests on rodents to determine the role of IL-1 in mental disorders, and found that nIL-1R1 is the basis of the relationship of social stress, inflammation and anxiety.
Experts have subjected animals to stress, and a month later was measured in their brain levels of molecules indicating neuroinflammation. Most of these molecules in the hippocampus — the Department that controls memory and learning. It turned out that during prolonged stress, the stem cells in this part of the brain die or there is a surplus of white matter. In the end, may develop an inflammatory process.
a Similar pattern is observed in people experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, point out scientists.
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