Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment May Involve Molecular Janitors

Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment May Involve Molecular Janitors

Researchers at the Salk Institute in California say they have found molecular janitors that help clean away beta-amyloid from the brain. This research helps explain why Alzheimer’s develops as we age. Many scientists believe that beta-amyloid is the primary culprit in Alzheimer’s disease.

Most of the drugs on the market for Alzheimer’s disease only treat or alleviate the symptoms. There is no cure. This new research may lead to a much better treatment because they can attack the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. "It's a whole new way of thinking in the Alzheimer's field," said Dr. Andrew Dillin, a biologist at California's Salk Institute for Biological Studies who led the new research.

Although nobody knows the exact cause of the disease, Dillin’s research shows that cells fend off amyloid buildup, and that natural aging gradually erodes that detoxification process.

Their research is published in Thursday’s journal Science.

By Dan Wilson

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