Alzheimer’s sci­en­tists sin­gle out pro­tein

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

A HIGHLY-TOXIC pro­tein de­scribed as the “real bad guy” be­hind Alzheimer’s dis­ease has been iden­ti­fied by sci­en­tists. The mol­e­cule re­cruits other less harm­ful pro­teins and makes them deadly to brain cells. Know­ing how it forms and be­haves is ex­pected to lead to more ef­fec­tive Alzheimer’s treat­ments. One ex­per­i­men­tal drug to emerge from the re­search has al­ready com­pleted early phase I clin­i­cal tri­als. The pro­tein is a spe­cial type of be­taamy­loid, which was al­ready known to play a key role in Alzheimer’s. Beta-amy­loid clumps to­gether in the brains of Alzheimer’s pa­tients, form­ing de­posits that re­sult in the destruc­tion of nerve cells.

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