Journal of Molecular Medicine

, Volume 91, Issue 6, pp 673–681 | Cite as

Peripheral inflammation in neurodegeneration

  • Ulrike Träger
  • Sarah J. TabriziEmail author


Neuroinflammation is now a well-characterised feature of neurodegenerative diseases. Immune dysfunction outside the central nervous system is also increasingly recognised as part of the diseases. Peripheral inflammation has emerged as a modulator of disease progression and neuropathology in several neurodegenerative diseases, making it targetable in new therapeutic approaches. In addition, the easy accessibility of blood immune cells and markers makes them ideal candidates for use as possible biomarkers and a potential model of central immune cells.


Immune system Neurodegenerative diseases Peripheral inflammation 



We thank Dr. Ralph Andre for his help with editing the manuscript, Dr. Jonathan M Schott for his advice on AD antibody trials and Ray Young for his help with graphics. Our work is supported financially by UCL/UCLH Biomedical Research Centre (PhD studentship to UT), BBSRC, Medical Research Council, CHDI Foundation, EU FP7 grant (Paddington consortium) and the UK Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Network (DeNDRoN).

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


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  1. 1.Department of Neurodegenerative DiseaseUCL Institute of NeurologyLondonUK

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