Many Alzheimer’s trials had minimal dosing interruptions, but recruitment stopped for a time. Others trials fared worse, with some scrapped altogether. One administered study drug in an ambulance.
Sex-specific polygenic hazard scores predict pathology and cognitive decline.
Massive meta-analysis finds the longevity gene’s VS haplotype staves off mild cognitive impairment and AD. It reduces amyloid burden.
This update of the Allen Brain Institute atlas reveals detailed anatomical structures and provides a common framework for comparing brain datasets.
Separately, cerebrovascular disease drove an uptick in neurofilament light in the brain, indicating neurodegeneration.
The plasma biomarker neurofilament light was able to distinguish individual mutation carriers from noncarriers three years prior to onset.
The modeling approach reinforces the idea that tau pathology propagates through the brain’s physical architecture, including neuronal networks.
Researchers identify a way to isolate human astrocytes generated from induced pluripotent stem cells. And astrocytes stand out in FTD-prone brain areas.
As the SARS-Cov-2 infection peak passes in some areas, scientists are resuming lab work and clinical studies, albeit with new safety protocols in place. Regions differ greatly in how fast they can reopen.
A GWAS of co-expression modules identifies a haplotype that disrupts lysosomes and myelination. ApoE4 and Aβ regulate the same module.
Grown on doughnut-shaped supports, the cultures survive for years. They offer a versatile system for studying Alzheimer’s disease, the authors claim.
In people with Alzheimer’s biomarkers, the basal forebrain shrinks early, foreshadowing microglial neurotoxicity, atrophy in the medial temporal lobe, and cognitive decline.
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.
Avid’s postmortem validation data indicate Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed by visual examination of flortaucipir PET scans.
Award recognizes discoveries of genetic variants that perturb liquid-liquid phase separation and increase risk for ALS-FTD and other neurodegenerative diseases.