After years of grunt work on next-gen sequencing and expression analysis, geneticists are finally reaping results. The new genes underscore the role of known pathways and cell types in disease.
Presented at AD/PD, the discovery by scientists in Uppsala is the first APP deletion found to cause Alzheimer’s disease. The same group found the Swedish and Arctic APP mutations.
Long-term treatment with the anti-sense oligonucleotide led to motor benefits in an extension trial of children 2 to 15 years old.
Diagnostics Accelerator to fund projects that develop dementia biomarkers from patient data.
People who take leisurely walks, garden, and tackle household chores had bigger brains than those who were more sedentary. Vigorous exercise brought neither additional benefit nor harm.
At AD/PD 2019, scientists implicated both peripheral and central innate immunity in promoting propagation.
The global agency’s report recommends physical activity, a healthy diet, stopping alcohol abuse and smoking, and managing one’s weight, blood pressure, and diabetes.
Institute to chart new translational research territory.
In a new, inducible mouse model, poly(GR) damages mitochondria, but its effect is reversible. In flies, turning off transcription of hexanucleotide expansion protects cells.
A fleet of patient-derived neurons show that while an APP mutation shifts where γ-secretase takes its first bite, PS1 mutations blunt the enzyme’s second cut. Eventually, all mutations drive up the Aβ42:40 ratio.
Research on postmortem human brain strengthens the idea that an ebbing of neurogenesis may underlie cognitive decline.
Phase 1b data show that Biogen’s BIIB092 lowers N-terminal tau fragments in cerebrospinal fluid by more than 90 percent.
In a mouse model of frontotemporal dementia, a trifecta of tau mutations hobbles newborn neurons in the dentate gyrus.
A compound that only blocks presenilin 1-containing secretases beat back leukemia in mice—without side effects caused by broad-spectrum inhibitors.
In Taiwan, interferon treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection appears to have reduced the incidence of Parkinson’s disease.