A large multinational epidemiology study finds only small and inconsistent associations.
Overexpressing the endosomal activator in neurons not only caused those organelles to swell, but also bungled synaptic transmission, goaded hyperphosphorylation of tau, and destroyed cholinergic neurons.
In a mouse model of cortical multiple sclerosis, microglia and monocytes swooped in to gobble up synapses when dendritic calcium rose. Spines grew back once inflammation subsided.
The brain shrinkage due to verubecestat emerged quickly but did not worsen or cause neurodegeneration. Curiously, both verubecestat and lanabecestat dulled episodic memory and boosted verbal fluency.
Researchers identified genetic variants that may explain why some ApoE4 carriers remain free of Alzheimer’s, while some ApoE2 carriers do not.
People who carry the ApoE4 variant are more likely to succumb to the virus. In vitro, SARS-CoV-2 infects more ApoE4 than ApoE3 brain cells. Astrocytes were activated, neurons degenerated.
The first ultrasensitive plasma test for this old marker differentiates Alzheimer’s from healthy controls and non-AD dementias. It segregates people stepwise at phases of pathogenesis down to Braak stages 1 and 2 and below amyloid PET positivity.
Researchers unearthed 75 risk loci, 42 of them new, and nominated candidate genes for each. A polygenic risk score based on all variants predicted AD risk with high accuracy.
Single-cell RNA sequencing of 16,000 live microglia freshly isolated from human brain reveals nine distinct subtypes. One fades in Alzheimer’s. Why?
Quantifying 95 post-translational modifications of tau extracted from AD and control brains, a proteomics study proposes a “processive” model of phosphorylation, ubiquitination, acetylation that drive aggregation and map to distinct stages of disease.
Among people with early AD, the monoclonal antibody wiped out Aβ plaques and slowed cognitive and functional decline by a third, relative to placebo.
The enzyme degrades anti-inflammatory fatty acids in the brain. Blocking it with a brain-penetrant small molecule calmed A1 astrocytes, synapse-eating microglia, and improved amyloidosis and cognition in a mouse model.
Plaque-ridden 5xFAD mice were no better at fending off an intracerebral herpes virus infection than their wild-type counterparts. The virus was not to be found within Aβ plaques and did not spur plaques to form.
In mouse brain slices at least, tau shuffles in and out of protein inclusions. The tangles grew more inert as the tissue aged.
When cultured with human neurons expressing a familial Alzheimer’s gene, both microglia and astrocytes were necessary to spike complement C3 and send inflammation into overdrive.