SAN DIEGO—After sifting through the nitty-gritty of the rheumatic disease literature on basic science, Richard Pope, MD—professor of medicine specializing in rheumatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine—underscored several findings he thought stood out from the pack in his Year in Review talk at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.
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He reviewed findings from November 2016 through October 2017. These were among the findings he highlighted:
Microglia & SLE
A study published in Nature offered insight into the way microglia may be playing a role in the central nervous system (CNS) symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).1 These brain cells are responsible for pruning and refining synapses, as well as cleaning up debris, such as amyloid plaque, but in disease, they may become inflamed or overprune.