Friday, February 03, 2012

Alzheimer's may start in one area of the brain and involve a special protein called the "tau" which propagates

Recent research suggests that Alzeheimer’s disease may start in one area of the brain and spread through synapses by cell-to-cell movement of a “tau” protein.  Previously the disease had been thought to be multifocal.  This model suggests what is already known for a few diseases like “Mad Cow” where an “infectious protein” changes the geometry of cells it contacts and propagates.  New medications could target the tau protein as well as the amyloid.  But the story also presents the disease as a sort of pseudo-malignancy.

MSNBC reproduced the MSNBC story here

There is a more detailed article by Rick Nauert from the University of Texas in Psych Central here

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