The brain’s tiny thrill-seekers


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Microglia, the immune cells of the central nervous system, differ in male and female mice. MDC researchers report on the sex-specific features in Cell Reports. Their findings could change how we treat neurological diseases.

Microglia watch over the brain’s health around the clock, much like a battalion of tiny soldiers. When the cells sense pathogens or an injury through their movable projections, they rush to the trouble spot — and try to save that which is still salvageable.

But they do so quite differently depending on the animal’s sex. “We were really surprised to find so many differences between the microglia of male and female mice,” says Dr. Susanne Wolf, senior author of the study published in the journal Cell Reports, and researcher in the Cellular Neurosciences Lab at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin.

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