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Lipid metabolism regulates the activity of adult neural stem cells

04 Dec

“Neural stem cells in the adult brain boost their levels of lipid metabolism to grow and generate new neurons. This new finding may open novel therapeutic avenues to treat age- or disease-associated loss of brain cells.”

Lipid metabolism regulates the activity of adult neural stem cells.

A dormant stem cell (left, with extensions) is activated and starts cell division. The key for growth and development of the dividing cell (middle, no extensions) to the adult nerve cell (red, right), is a massive increase of fatty acid synthesis. (Image: Simon Braun, HiFo, UZH)

Courtesy of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

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