Can some types of fat protect us from brain disease?

New research out from Professor Andrew Dillin's lab! "An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases."


Image: Against a background of nematode worms, this graphic depicts the stressed mitochondria (lower right, blue and red) accumulating lipid droplets (red balls) in the interior or cytosol of the cell. The molecular structure of the two key lipid components in the newly discovered signaling pathway are ceramide (right) and cardiolipin (upper left). The background image shows a picture of the nematode C. elegans with clumps of the Huntington’s aggregates (bright green because they’re tagged with green fluorescent protein) in the body wall muscle cells. (Hyun-eui Kim image)