Aberrant gene-expression patterns found to be common to human neurodegenerative disease and animal models. MicroRNA and epigenetic modification may be to blame.
Boosting sTREM2 in the brain rallied microglia to clear Aβ plaques, restored synaptic plasticity, and even rescued memory deficits in mice.
By prying open chromatin, neurofibrillary tau may expose dormant transposable elements for transcription.
The discovery hints that microglia, rather than neurons, may control much of a person’s genetic susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease.
In response to the peptide, these little cells squeeze capillaries, constricting them. This may contribute to neuronal dysfunction.
Longitudinal data identifies four stages of amyloid plaque buildup, with the earliest deposits appearing in the precuneus and posterior cingulate.
Co-sponsors Banner, Novartis, and Amgen announced that they will stop testing CNP520 in two Phase 2/3 studies in people at risk of AD. The drug worsened cognition.
Longitudinal ADNI data tie higher sTREM2 in CSF to slower cognitive decline, reinforcing the idea that TREM2 activity protects the brain from AD pathology.
Hypertension in people as young as the mid-30s can predict late-life cerebrovascular disease and brain shrinkage. Intensive reduction of blood pressure can prevent the damage, but not when given in late life.
Biogen and Eisai announced the discontinuation of the Phase 3 program. Elenbecestat was the only remaining BACE inhibitor being tested for AD.
The same endothelial cell response is found in various models of brain disease.
Prior research has focused on microglia interacting with synapses. New data show they also deal directly with the neuronal cell body. Like little conference rooms, specialized junctions host this communication.
In Alzheimer’s brain, granulovacuolar bodies in neurons harbor activated necrosomes. They correlate with tau pathology and neuron loss, raising new questions about how neurons die in this disease.
These cells accumulate in old mouse and human hippocampi, as well as in a mouse model of neurodegenerative disease.
At CTAD, researchers discussed possible paths forward. One option: exploring whether low doses prevent plaque accumulation while avoiding the cognitive side effects.