Scientists discover the ‘missing link’ that triggers Alzheimer’s – and hope findings could lead to drugs that restore memory | Mail Online

| September 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Ellie Zolfagharifard

Researchers have discovered a protein that they claim is the missing link to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

They found that blocking this protein with an existing drug can restore memory in mice with ain damage that mimics the disease.

The findings could offer hope of developing drugs to slow the degenerative illness.

Alzheimer’s causes a decrease in the size of the ain, shown here by the enlarged ventricle cavities (white, at centre of ain) and the widened pale blue regions. Researchers now believe they have found the ‘missing link’ that triggers the disease

‘What is very exciting is that of all the links in this molecular chain, this is the protein that may be most easily targeted by drugs,’ said the study’s senior author Stephen Strittmatter at Yale School of Medicine.

The study offers hope of developing drugs to slow the degenerative illness

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During Alzheimer’s disease protein ‘plaques’ develop in the structure of the ain, leading to the death of ain cells.

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