Alzheimer’s scientists single out protein
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.