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How Protectin D1 Works

Caption: A compound derived from the DHA in fish oil -- Protectin D1 (PD1/NPD1) -- offers protection from nerve trauma-induced neuropathic pain by preventing neuronal and glial hyperactivity in the spinal cord. Glial cells, when activated, produce proinflammatory cytokines that may further damage the nerve cells.

Credit: Ru-Rong Ji and Zhen-Zhong Xu, Duke University Medical Center

Usage Restrictions: Please credit Ru-Rong Ji and Zhen-Zhong Xu, Duke University Medical Center

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