Serial amyloid and tau scans in cognitively healthy people indicate that the speed at which a person’s tau accumulates best predicts his or her future cognitive decline.
The first ever cryoEM structures of Aβ fibrils extracted from AD tissue look quite different than prior structures of fibrils generated in vitro. For starters, they are right-hand twisted, not left-hand.
An electron microscopy study reveals a jumbled mess of membrane chunks and malfunctioning organelles, bound together by phosphorylated or truncated α-synuclein.
In vicinity of plaques, astrocytes and glia change gene expression in concert.
In a fly model of neurodegeneration, CDK5 slams autophagy, which leads to a runaway immune response that shoves aging neurons over the edge.
The ligand binds the microglia-specific CSF1 receptor in animal and postmortem studies; human trials are forthcoming.
During deep sleep, people with AD pathology, particularly tau tangles, have less low-frequency slow-wave brain activity, which is important for memory consolidation.
Regulatory T cells rush into the brain after a stroke, quelling astrocytosis and aiding neural recovery.
A flavonoid reportedly spices up oxidative phosphorylation in microglial mitochondria, revving up phagocytosis of amyloid plaques in mouse models. The small study needs independent replication.
Liquid beads of TDP-43 form independently of stress granules and sequester proteins needed for nucleocytoplasmic transport.
Perturbations in the hormone correlate with memory problems. But does FGF23 act in the brain, or affect cognition indirectly via the kidneys?
Using rigorous tissue-processing techniques, researchers find thousands of newborn neurons in older human hippocampi, but a dearth in brains with AD pathology.
Blocking the receptor clears toxic proteins and improves memory in old mice. The work proposes a new role in microglia for a well-known B-cell receptor.
In a research study, one-fifth of healthy people who learned they were at high risk for AD said they might consider physician-assisted death as a future option.
Chemotherapy riles microglia, causing neurons to turn down expression of BDNF, a growth factor necessary for myelination. Restoring BDNF signaling on oligodendrocytes spared myelin and memory loss.