Issue Date: October 23, 2006
Strawberry flavonoid enhances memory
Neurotrophic factors are polypeptides that promote the well-being of nerve cells, but their clinical use for, say, sustaining memory is limited because the compounds have trouble getting past the blood-brain barrier. Pamela Maher of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., and colleagues have now identified the flavonoid fisetin (shown) as a small molecule that has several properties of a neurotrophic factor and can be taken orally (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. . . .
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