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A FAULTY immune reaction immune reaction
n.
The reaction resulting from the recognition and binding of an antigen by its specific antibody or by a previously sensitized lymphocyte. Also called immunoreaction.
 may be responsible for the development of epilepsy, research shows.

Studies in mice by American and Italian researchers linked seizures to brain changes that made immune cells stick inside its blood vessels Blood vessels

Tubular channels for blood transport, of which there are three principal types: arteries, capillaries, and veins. Only the larger arteries and veins in the body bear distinct names.
.

This, in turn, the journal Nature Medicine reported, helped break down a vital filter which protects the brain from harmful chemicals.

Unsticking these cells helped prevent the development of epilepsy in mice.

The research may have found how an initial, non-epileptic, seizure could lead to a lifetime of epilepsy.

It looked at the behaviour of white blood cells White blood cells
A group of several cell types that occur in the bloodstream and are essential for a properly functioning immune system.

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 whose job it is to defend the body from threats such as bacteria and viruses.

Scientists found that in mice the initial seizure caused the release of chemical in the blood vessels which increased the adhesion of leukocytes, keeping them in the vessels for longer.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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