Using chemical cross-linkers to map contacts among amino acids, structural biologists predict that soluble tau is, in fact, a compact globule containing β-sheets poised to snap into a pathological formation.
ALS patients eliminate more p75 neurotrophin receptor than do healthy controls. P75 urine levels rise as disease worsens.
A $400,000 prize is to be awarded as part of the new Rainwater program, and $63 million of NIH money will support a research consortium on frontotemporal dementias.
Evidence from postmortem human brains and cultured human microglia suggests the immune cells make a meal out of synapses, especially near plaques.
Greater lifetime estrogen exposure protects cognition, while hormone replacement therapy taken at menopause has no cognitive effects at all.
Not the brown trucks with the friendly delivery guys: UPS as in unconventional protein secretion pathway. Tau rides it to slink out of one cell, and, grabbing onto heparin sulfate proteoglycans, enter another.
Read Part III of Philip Kahle’s and Bart de Strooper’s report from the 87th International Titisee Conference in Germany...
New data suggest that while peptides translated from an expansion in the C9ORF72 gene are toxic, they don’t directly interfere with nucleocytoplasmic transport.
Proteomics and protein-protein interaction research may yield clues to etiology, tracking, and treatment of granulin-related and other forms of FTD/ALS.
Not Just Blood Pressure—Dietary Salt Linked to Tau Phosphorylation Time to Try Again: Gene-Based Therapy for Neurodegeneration Gene Therapies Enter Trials for Many Brain Pathologies—What about AD? Organized around 10 major themes, this year’s annual ...
Null results ended the development of the neuroprotective drugs edonerpic and abeotaxane, the AMPA receptor modulator S47445, and the dietary formulation tricaprilin.
Based on preclinical data, researchers gave this antibiotic a shot in a two-year clinical trial. It did nothing to slow cognitive decline.
The Canadian pharmaceutical company Bellus Health has begun to sell the would-be prescription drug tramiprosate over the counter as a nutritional supplement...
In PASSPORT study, the antibody failed to slow progressive supranuclear palsy. Alzheimer’s trial to continue.
A plasma assay for Alzheimer’s could radically speed up screening for clinical trials; alas, competing assays don’t measure the same thing.