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The blood-brain barrier – essential for brain integrity and health

This lecture will explore the importance of the blood-brain barrier and the diverse factors that may increase its permeability – and therefore risk of neurodegenerative disease and depression.
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The blood-brain barrier provides a protective layer to determine what compounds are allowed to pass into the brain. Peripheral metabolism and brain metabolism are separated by the blood-brain barrier to help maintain the integrity of the central nervous system.

Permeability of the blood-brain barrier is associated with brain inflammation, linked with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and depression.
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Ray Griffiths

Patrick Jones - Course author