In particular, use of thyroid hormone during early nerve damage could help protect the important myelin sheath -- the insulation that surrounds neurons -- and create precursor cells prepared to form new myelin sheaths in damaged nerves.
Loss of myelin is the key problem in multiple sclerosis According to the researchers: "We suggest that thyroid hormone could have a role in potentiating reluctant myelination by inducing (precursor cells) to differentiate into myelinating (cells) during a specific phase of the disease."
SOURCE: Fernandez, M. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nov. 16, 2004; vol 101: pp 16363-16368.
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