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Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to announce the publication of the latest issue of Brain Plasticity (BPL), the high-quality open access journal focusing on all aspects of neurogenesis, gliogenesis and synaptic plasticity, from development to the adult.

BPL Volume 7, Issue 1 is a new special issue covering the topic: Immune System and Brain Function. This issue includes three review papers and one research article on this topic. View an extract of the editorial by guest editors Tal Burstyn-Cohen and Ning Quan below and the full text here.

The articles in this issue can be accessed via the links below, along with a list of the most read articles in BPL in Q2 2021.


Call for Papers

We strive to give high visibility and impact to the science published in our journal. As a member of our research community, we invite you to submit manuscripts for consideration on all aspects of neural plasticity. Brain Plasticity offers contributing authors many benefits:

• First class Editorial Board
• Rigorous peer review and speedy manuscript processing
• Rapid online publication (pre-press)
• Open Access publication
Open Access author fees waived until the end of 2021

Submit your manuscript online via msTracker
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We look forward to working with you.

Best wishes,


Henriette van Praag
Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL, USA
Email: h.vanpraag@protonmail.com

Bernard Zalc
UPMC, Paris, France
Email: bernard.zalc@upmc.fr

Xinyu Zhao
University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Email: xzhao@waisman.wisc.edu


Contents Volume 7, Issue 1

Special Issue: Immune System and Brain Function

Guest Editors: Tal Burstyn-Cohen and Ning Quan

Editorial Extract: "Research in the last 5 decades has consolidated our understanding of the critical roles of neuroimmune communication in the maintenance of homeostasis and in the pathogenesis of peripheral and central nervous system related diseases. This is especially relevant to today’s world of COVID-19, in which many suffer from the consequences of the “cytokine storm” induced by the infection of the Sars-Covid-2. In vital peripheral organs, hyper-expression of proinflammatory cytokines after viral infection often results in significant immune mediated damage, sometimes leading to death, turning body’s defense mechanism into a cause of its demise. The survivors of COVID-19 also show long-haul mental health disorders, likely caused by the long-lasting secondary cytokine storm that ensues in the central nervous system. Overall, as reflected by this special issue and by additional works elsewhere, neuroimmune interactions are emerging as key regulators of brain plasticity throughout life and in health and disease."


All articles are open access and free to read, download, and share!


Taming the storm
Burstyn-Cohen, Tal | Quan, Ning

Identification and Characterisation of cis-Regulatory Elements Upstream of the Human Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Gene MERTK
Walsh, Alexander D. | Johnson, Laura J. | Harvey, Alexandra J. | Kilpatrick, Trevor J. | Binder, Michele D.

Modulation of Neural Networks by Interleukin-1
Nemeth, Daniel P. | Quan, Ning

The Perfect Cytokine Storm: How Peripheral Immune Challenges Impact Brain Plasticity & Memory Function in Aging
Muscat, Stephanie M. | Barrientos, Ruth M.

TAM Signaling in the Nervous System
Burstyn-Cohen, Tal | Hochberg, Arielle


Most Read BPL Articles in Q2 2021

Most read content via the IOS Press content website published online in 2020 & 2021

Preventing and Treating Neurological Disorders with the Flavonol FisetinOpen Access (Review Article in Vol.6, Iss.2, 2020)
Maher, Pamela

Flavonoids as an Intervention for Alzheimer’s Disease: Progress and Hurdles Towards Defining a Mechanism of ActionOpen Access (Review Article in Vol.6, Iss.2, 2020)
Hole, Katriona L. | Williams, Robert J.

Low Molecular Weight (poly)Phenol Metabolites Across the Blood-Brain Barrier: The Underexplored JourneyOpen Access (Research Article in Vol.6, Iss.2, 2020)
Carecho, Rafael | Carregosa, Diogo | dos Santos, Cláudia Nunes

Polyphenols and Cognition In Humans: An Overview of Current Evidence from Recent Systematic Reviews and Meta-AnalysesOpen Access (Research Article in Vol.6, Iss.2, 2020)
Lamport, Daniel Joseph | Williams, Claire Michelle

The Effects of Cardiorespiratory and Motor Skill Fitness on Intrinsic Functional Connectivity of Neural Networks in Individuals with Parkinson’s DiseaseOpen Access (Research Article in pre-press, 2021)
Jarrahi, Behnaz | McEwen, Sarah C. | Holschneider, Daniel P. | Schiehser, Dawn M. | Petkus, Andrew J. | Gomez, Megan E. | Van Horn, Jack D. | Filoteo, Vincent | et al.


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