In nonhuman primates, three classes of LRRK2 kinase inhibitor cause microscopic changes in lung morphology, but they are reversible and do not impair breathing. Parkinson’s programs remain on track.
The first topline Phase 2 results from an antibody targeting Parkinson’s pathology, Roche’s prasinezumab, were a mixed bag. Next steps are unclear.
Trialists are shooting new arrows at the disease, including compounds that tweak autophagy, neuroinflammation, and glycolipid recycling.
In a mouse model of amyloidosis, human wild-type TREM2 kept Aβ deposition at bay early on, but this defense became overwhelmed as plaques grew. The R47H AD risk variant never offered protection early on, and made things worse later.
For people with Parkinson’s, carrying Alzheimer’s genetic risk variants upped their odds of harboring Aβ and tau pathology and getting dementia. In people with DLB, Aβ plaques worsened tau and Lewy pathology, and cognition.
Massive meta-analysis finds the longevity gene’s VS haplotype staves off mild cognitive impairment and AD. It reduces amyloid burden.