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A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice has alarmed clinicians and scientists all over the world due to the controversial decision of not considering solid "scientifical proof" as the only element in connecting vaccines (or other clinical treatments) to diseases.

Vi proponiamo una recente intervista fatta al dott. Stefano Pluchino, riportata sul sito della Fondazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla, riguardante gli ultimi risultati ottenuti dal suo gruppo presso il Wellcome Trust-MRC Stem Cell Institute di Cambridge (UK), composto, oltre che dal dott. Pluchino stesso, dai dottori Nunzio Iraci, Edoardo Gaude e Christian Frezza.

La ricerca riguarda future prospettive terapeutiche basate sugli exosomi prodotti dalle cellule staminali neuronali.

In this paper, Andrew g. Levine and collegues describe a quite peculiar class of Treg cells, stably expressing TH1 transcription factor Tbet, that seems to play a very important role in immune tolerance. 


Regulatory T cells (Treg) and TH17 lymphocytes are, no doubt, crucial players in the course and outcome of inflammatory events, and their unbalance is suspected to be a major culprit in triggering many chronic and autoimmune conditions.

Guido Forni, Alberto Mantovani, Lorenzo Moretta e Giovanni Rezza hanno preparato, in occasione del decreto approvato pochi giorni fa, un rapporto di facile consultazione riguardante i vaccini ed il loro utilizzo nella prevenzione delle malattie infettive nella comunità.

Ne raccomandiamo la lettura e la più ampia diffusione.



In this rather comprehensive review, published in this month issue of Nature Immunology, Marc Veldhoen (Faculty of Medicine, Lisbon university) covers the biological effects of IL-17, its cellular sources, biological effects and role in inflammation, tumours and response to microbes.  



Science gives us this elegant and accessible diagram, which represents a useful evidence-based tool in a time of rather controversial debate in our country.

John Bohannon, Science contributing correspondent, analyzes the studies done by social scientists about the way researchers travel all over the world as they follow new employments in different countries.


Owein Guillemot-Legris and Giulio G. Muccioli review the known evidences that connect obesity to neuroinflammation, a link - often underestimated - that represents one of the most serious issues of our time and that is heavily involved in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative conditions.

Dal 13 al 15 settembre 2017, l'auditorium dell'università degli studi Milano-Bicocca ospiterà il congresso NEUROMI 2017 International symposium: personalised medicine in multiple sclerosis.

Il congresso è stato patrocinato da AINI. La scadenza per la sottomissione degli abstract è stata prorogata al 15 giugno 2017.

Trovate tutte le informazioni sull'evento al link sottostante.


In this article, Evanna Mills, Beth Kelly and Luke O'Neill, review the features of the role played by mitochondria during both innate and adaptive immune responses.

Dal 16 al 18 ottobre prossimo, si terrà a Napoli il corso EFIS/EJI "Tumour Immunology: from tissue microenvironment to immunotherapy".

In this beautiful paper, published just last week on NEJ, Dr Steri, Orrù and Idda et al. were able to identify in a variant of the TNFSF13B gene, which encode for B-cell activating factor (BAFF), a very important risk factor for multiple sclerosis as well as for lupus. 



A recent study, published on Cell by Marteen Hulsmans et al., describes an interesting (as unexpected) feature of macrophages to add to their ever-growing "things in which they are involved" list.


In this recent study, published on Nature Medicine, Tamar L Ben-Shaanan et al. studied the link between the function of brain areas responsible for processing positive expectation (such as ventral tegmental area) and their effect on immune responses, deepening our understanding of the molecular bases for placebo effect. 


Apparently, the job of a PhD is quite stressful, a recent study says. 



A new study, published on Nature Communications by prof. Marcello D'Amelio's research group (Santa Lucia Foundation/Campus Bio-Medico, Rome), unveils new insights on the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and opens new diagnostic perspectives.

Nature Conferences REGENERATION

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Dal 16 al 18 novembre 2017 il centro congressi San Raffaele di Milano ospiterà la Nature Conference sul tema della rigenerazione.

Dr Panayiota Poirazi, chair of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence, analyzes the problems that european early- and mid-career scientists must face everyday as they try to obtain research funds, also suggesting the mechanisms of grant application and evaluation that funding agencies should improve to help young scientists build a career.


La Fondazione italiana sclerosi multipla ha pubblicato il Bando FISM 2017 per il finanziamento di progetti di ricerca e borse di studio sulla sclerosi multipla. 

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In this review, recently published on Science, Dr. Jonathan Kipnis summarizes the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind the role of lymphocytes in inducing and modulating immune tolerance in the CNS, with particular attention to the trafficking of immune cells and solubile factors throughout the meningeal lymphatic vessels and peripheral deep cervical lymph nodes.     


This week, Science highlights a recently published study that might link active type 2 herpes infection in early pregnancy with a doubled risk of autism in male children.

L’importante finanziamento assegnato al neurologo Gianvito Martino (San Raffaele) per un progetto di ricerca che coinvolge laboratori tra Europa, Stati Uniti e Canada

Tissue-resident memory T cells (TRM) persist at sites of prior infection and have been shown to enhance pathogen clearance by recruiting circulating immune cells and providing bystander activation. Here, we characterize the functioning of brain-resident memory T cells (bTRM) in an animal model of viral infection...
J Exp Med.; 2016

A newly updated map of the human brain may be the most accurate yet, helping solve over 100 years of arguments.
Nature; August 2016

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by fluctuating muscle weakness, which, in the majority of patients, is treated with corticosteroids. In a recently published clinical trial, 50 patients with generalized MG were randomly assigned to prednisone + methotrexate or prednisone + placebo. The amount of prednisone that…

Motor neurons are the final stage of neural processing for the execution of motor behaviours. Traditionally, motor neurons have been viewed as the ‘final common pathway’, serving as passive recipients merely conveying to the muscles the final motor program generated by upstream interneuron circuits1, 2. Here we reveal an unforeseen role of motor neurons in controlling the locomotor circuit function via gap junctions in zebrafish. These gap junctions mediate a retrograde analogue propagation of voltage fluctuations from motor neurons to control the synaptic release and recruitment of the upstream V2a interneurons that drive locomotion. Selective inhibition of motor neurons during ongoing locomotion de-recruits V2a interneurons and strongly influences locomotor circuit function. Rather than acting as separate units, gap junctions unite motor neurons and V2a interneurons into functional ensembles endowed with a retrograde analogue computation essential for locomotor rhythm generation. These results show that motor neurons are not a passive recipient of motor commands but an integral component of the neural circuits responsible for motor behaviour.

Glutamate receptors form complexes in the brain with auxiliary proteins, which control their activity during fast synaptic transmission through a seemingly bewildering array of effects. Here we devise a way to isolate the activation of complexes using polyamines, which enables us to show that transmembrane AMPA receptor regulatory proteins (TARPs) exert their effects principally on the channel opening reaction. A thermodynamic argument suggests that because TARPs promote channel opening, receptor activation promotes AMPAR-TARP complexes into a superactive state with high open probability. A simple model based on this idea predicts all known effects of TARPs on AMPA receptor function. This model also predicts unexpected phenomena including massive potentiation in the absence of desensitization and supramaximal recovery that we subsequently detected in electrophysiological recordings. This transient positive feedback mechanism has implications for information processing in the brain, because it should allow activity-dependent facilitation of excitatory synaptic transmission through a postsynaptic mechanism.

Social cognition enables individuals to understand others' intentions. Social memory is a necessary component of this process, for without it, subsequent encounters are devoid of any historical information. The CA2 area of the hippocampus, particularly the vasopressin 1b receptor (Avpr1b) expressed there, is necessary for memory formation. We used optogenetics to excite vasopressin terminals, originating from the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus, in the CA2 of mice. This markedly enhanced their social memory if the stimulation occurred during memory acquisition, but not retrieval. This effect was blocked by an Avpr1b antagonist. Finally, this enhanced memory is resistant to the social distraction of an introduced second mouse, important for socially navigating populations of individuals. Our results indicate the CA2 can increase the salience of social signals. Targeted pharmacotherapy with Avpr1b agonists or deep brain stimulation of the CA2 are potential avenues of treatment for those with declining social memory as in various dementias.

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