KU Leuven research generates new insights into the development and care for ’the little brain’ of the gut

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Loss of nerve cells is a process that can take place not only in the brain, but also in the (less well-known) nervous system in the gut. A new study, carried out at KU Leuven and published in Nature , shows that specialised immune cells shape this nervous system, enabling the gut to make the transition to solid food early in life. At a later stage, these immune cells take on another role - they start protecting and maintaining the nerve cells.
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