Blood-brain barrier on a chip sheds new light on “silent killer” – Vanderbilt University News

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Blood-brain barrier on a chip sheds new light on “silent killer”

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Illustration shows how the cells that make up the blood-brain barrier surround the blood vessels that run through the brain. This is the living structure that the new microfluidic device developed at Vanderbilt has succeeded in mimicking. (Ben Brahim Mohammed/Creative Commons License)

The blood-brain barrier is a network of specialized cells that surrounds the arteries and veins within the brain. It forms a unique gateway that both provides brain cells with the nutrients they require and protects them from potentially harmful compounds.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE) headed by Gordon A. Cain…

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