The Somatic Connection  |   January 2018
Lymphatic Vessels Found in the Brain—Osteopathic Considerations, Part 2: Now in Humans and Monkeys
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  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 
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The Somatic Connection   |   January 2018
Lymphatic Vessels Found in the Brain—Osteopathic Considerations, Part 2: Now in Humans and Monkeys
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, 53. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.012
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, 53. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.012
Absinta M, Ha SK, Nair G, et al. Human and nonhuman primate meninges harbor lymphatic vessels that can be visualized noninvasively by MRI. eLife. 2017;6:e29738. doi:10.7554/eLife.29738 
Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke have identified the existence of meningeal lymphatic vessels in human and nonhuman primates (common marmoset monkeys). This research follows research reviewed previously in The Somatic Connection describing meningeal lymphatic vessels in rats.1 Five human volunteers (3 women, 2 men, aged 28-53 years) and 3 marmoset monkeys were injected with 2 kinds of dyelike substances, both gadolinium-based compounds. One, gadobutrol, penetrates the blood-brain barrier, and the other, gadofosveset, binds to albumin and remains within blood vessels. 

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