Date of Award

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Lori Hensley

Second Advisor

Dr. Joe Jeffers

Third Advisor

Dr. Johnny Wink

Abstract

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease affecting over 2.5 million people worldwide. In MS, myelin sheaths surrounding the axons of neurons are attacked by the immune system, leading to many deleterious symptoms. No cure for MS has been found, but some treatments reducing the number of exacerbations are available. Studies on resveratrol show the compound to have anti-inflammatory properties that could be beneficial in the treatment of diseases like MS. In our research, we used a cellular model to imitate neurons of the central nervous system and tested the effects of resveratrol in the hope of finding neuroprotective properties.

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