Issue Date: July 7, 2014
Alzheimer’s Prion Connection Deepens
In the past few years, scientists have demonstrated that molecules involved in Alzheimer’s disease behave like the prion proteins that cause mad cow disease. That is, the Alzheimer’s molecules—amyloid-β peptide and tau protein—misfold in the brain and then coerce other molecules to do the same. The misfolded molecules then clump and damage nerve cells.
Alzheimer’s researchers are now following this trail and finding other similarities between prion proteins and amyloid-β and tau. For example, like . . .
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