New data presented at the AD/PD conference offer the first evidence that a brain-shuttle strategy can work in people; the lecanemab and aducanumab antibody programs offer small updates.
The field is shifting from targeting tau’s tips to its mid-region, especially where tau binds microtubules. Several new candidates are in the clinic; whether the strategy will work remains to be seen.
At a meeting in San Diego, researchers traded news about how TDP-43 gets trapped in the cytoplasm, finding both good and bad consequences of its exodus from the nucleus.
A gene involved in neurotransmitter regulation is the latest addition to the handful of genetic loci linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in genomewide association studies...
A new trial will compare digital and blood-based biomarkers to amyloid PET scans in order to learn which ones best pick out early plaque accumulation.
Incorporation of a cryptic exon scuttles translation of UNC13A, but only in neurons lacking nuclear TDP-43. UNC13A ALS/FTD risk variants exacerbate the aberrant splicing.
Instead of chewing up and disposing of the amyloid they ingest, microglia appear to compact it, then spit it back out as dense-core plaque.
In postmortem brain, proteins involved in all manner of vesicular functions waxed or waned with increasing phases of disease, starting years prior to symptoms.
People who develop Type 2 diabetes before age 60 have more than double the dementia risk, and earlier dementia onset, than those without diabetes.
At CTAD, researchers discussed possible paths forward. One option: exploring whether low doses prevent plaque accumulation while avoiding the cognitive side effects.
The iPSC Neurodegenerative Disease Initiative is creating 100+ isogenic cell lines. Each carries a different risk variant for Alzheimer's or a related dementia. Scientists around the world can obtain the cells through Jackson Labs.
The first whole-genome manipulation of protein expression in neurons by CRISPR reveals a deadly chain of events. Bad processing by lysosomes leads to build-up of lipids and iron. Oxidative stress revs up. Neurons die by ferroptosis.
The fewer their meningeal lymphatic vessels, the slower treated mice clear plaques. Lymphatic dysfunction also drives microglial activation, hinting at a role in pathology.
Machine learning analysis of 912 PET scans says neurofibrillary tangles spread through the AD brain in one of four distinct patterns.
Herpes viruses that are commonly found in human brain promote rapid Aβ fibrillization and deposition in AD model systems.