Alzheimer’s Researchers In Japan Make Breakthrough

Protein Formations Key In Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Japanese researchers claim to have developed a compound to suppress the formation of a protein that causes Alzheimer’s disease. Satoru Funamoto, associate professor of neuropathology at the Doshisha University and colleagues, said they hoped the substance, which inhibits the formation of beta amyloid, might help establish preventive measures against the disease or treatment methods with fewer side effects, Kyoto reported.

Alzheimer's disease research

The findings, published in the online-only Nature Communications, said it might be possible to treat Alzheimer’s disease by suppressing the action of enzymes involved in the formation of beta amyloid. The protein formations seem to be both cause and effect of Alzheimer’s. As the proteins accumulate, the disease accelerates.

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