The resolution of neuroinflammation in neurodegeneration: leukocyte recruitment via the choroid plexus

EMBO J. 2014 Jan 7;33(1):7-22. doi: 10.1002/embj.201386609. Epub 2013 Dec 19.


Inflammation is an integral part of the body's physiological repair mechanism, unless it remains unresolved and becomes pathological, as evident in the progressive nature of neurodegeneration. Based on studies from outside the central nervous system (CNS), it is now understood that the resolution of inflammation is an active process, which is dependent on well-orchestrated innate and adaptive immune responses. Due to the immunologically privileged status of the CNS, such resolution mechanism has been mostly ignored. Here, we discuss resolution of neuroinflammation as a process that depends on a network of immune cells operating in a tightly regulated sequence, involving the brain's choroid plexus (CP), a unique neuro-immunological interface, positioned to integrate signals it receives from the CNS parenchyma with signals coming from circulating immune cells, and to function as an on-alert gate for selective recruitment of inflammation-resolving leukocytes to the inflamed CNS parenchyma. Finally, we propose that functional dysregulation of the CP reflects a common underlying mechanism in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases, and can thus serve as a potential novel target for therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Diseases / immunology*
  • Brain Diseases / pathology*
  • Choroid Plexus / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / immunology*
  • Inflammation / pathology*
  • Leukocytes / immunology*
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / physiopathology*