In a recent study by the researchers of the University College London, it has been found that there are specific types of cells in brain that control the breathing process in humans. With this finding, scientists are hoping that they will be able to find out cure for most of the serious respiratory disorders. This research was led by Alexander Gourine.
This was concluded after rats were tested for star-shaped cells, known as astrocytes, and it was found that these cells are able to detect the level of blood carbon dioxide and alterations that take place in them. These cells then inform other brain networks so that they can adjust the breathing process according to the requirement of the body.
For making sure that the same is applicable for human beings, more research is required, said the researchers.
LiveScience reported the research and highlighted that this function of brain astrocytes, which are part of a group of brain cells known as glial cells, was not known earlier and that this research has revealed that these cells play an important role in some very basic and vital functions that take place in our body including breathing.
These cells have also been found to be associated with disorders that cause respiratory failure like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
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