In a career spanning four decades, Davies spearheaded the cholinergic hypothesis, unlocked secrets of tau, and readily shared antibodies in the field.
A postmortem study found that people who had more aggregation-prone, hyperphosphorylated, oligomeric forms of tau in their brains also had a more aggressive form of Alzheimer’s disease during life. Will we personalize tauopathy care like cancer care?
Cognitive enrichment in early life correlated with less Alzheimer’s pathology, and slower cognitive decline, in late life.
In female mice it’s the other X chromosome, not lack of a Y, that extends life and preserves memory in the face of amyloidosis. A histone demethylase gene partly explains this. It protects people, too.
The antiviral protein enhances γ-secretase processing of APP. More of it is present in Alzheimer’s disease.
Live imaging of mouse brain reveals that microglia quickly engulf cell bodies while astrocytes dispose of the neuron’s more distal reaches. The cleanup crew tires with age.
In mice with defective PS1 phosphorylation, microglial autophagy falters, exacerbating Aβ burden.
The first high-resolution look at LRRK2 implies that pathogenic mutations increase binding to microtubules by biasing the kinase domain toward a closed, active conformation.
A C9ORF72 polydipeptide repeat induces aggregation by direct interaction with TDP-43, while progranulin mutations that trigger microglial toxicity cause TDP-43 to accumulate via complement.
As mice age, a busy receptor-mediated protein transport across the barrier wanes; inhibiting an alkaline phosphatase restores it. Meanwhile, the aging barrier becomes generally leaky to large molecules.
Behold single proteins on the move: Super-resolution microscopy of living cells suggests the infamous protease does not form complexes with other secretases in the plasma membrane—in mouse fibroblasts, that is.
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.
Tissue from 13-week-old fetuses carrying the huntingtin repeat expansion shows defects in neuronal polarity and proliferation, which lead to fewer neurons populating some brain regions.
Homozygous carriers of GM17—a common IgG1 variant the HSV-1 virus has evolved to evade—had quadruple the risk of developing AD. In a small Swedish cohort, that is.