The Researchers at the University at Buffalo have identified a critical step in myelination after birth that has significance for treating neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis, in which myelin is lost or damaged. Myelin is the protective coating that neurons need to function. The preclinical research concerns oligodendrocytes, the cells that make myelin, and the progenitor cells that are their precursors. The work involved the study of voltage-operated calcium channels, which are responsible for initiating many physiological functions.
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