Fighting Multiple Sclerosis With Cold, Depriving the Immune System of Its Energy

Demyelinated spinal cord of mice suffering from autoimmune disease. Top, at room temperature, and bottom, exposed to cold. Myelin is colored in blue. The purple staining within the white matter (parts towards the edge of the histological section) shows demyelinated lesions that are reduced in the bottom image. Credit: © UNIGE – Laboratoires Trajkovski & Merkler /Cell Metabolism

Scientists at UNIGE are demonstrating how cold could alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis by depriving the immune system of its energy.
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