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.
The day-long advisory committee meeting will be broadcast live online. Prerecorded presentations are to be available November 4; the public can submit comments.
A recent genetics symposium drew positive reviews for its approach of following up prerecorded, on-demand talks with a live Q&A session.
A panel of experts concludes the evidence for this scary prospect is weak, but recommends neurosurgeons use separate neurosurgical instruments for young and old patients. The experts called for further studies.
While one anti-Aβ antibody thwarts initial seeding of fibrils, and others keep fibrils from lengthening, aducanumab prevents oligomers forming on their surface. In vitro, that is.
Three young monkeys missing exon 9 of presenilin 1 seem to have an elevated Aβ42/40 ratio. It remains to be seen if they will develop plaques and tangles as they age.
Carriers of a rare hypomorphic gene variant develop a frontotemporal dementia that features Alzheimer’s-like neurofibrillary tangles.
Expert panel concludes there’s little risk based on current evidence.
The R1279Q variant of angiotensin-converting enzyme associates with AD and causes neurodegeneration in mice. In a model of amyloidosis, it accelerates decline.
TRP cation channels combine with extrasynaptic NMDA glutamate receptors to set off mitochondrial meltdown and cell death. Blocking the interaction stops excitotoxicity.
Technical limitations may have misrepresented the transcriptional state of these cells, obscuring detection of their activation signature in frozen postmortem tissue from Alzheimer’s brain.
Two papers report that skin samples from people with Parkinson’s disease contain α-synuclein seeds that can be robustly amplified, paving the way for a reliable test for the disease.
Reducing levels of monounsaturated fatty acids lowered α-synuclein toxicity and prevented movement symptoms in mice. Scientists say the data boost the α-synuclein tetramer hypothesis.
AMX0035, a mix of sodium phenylbutyrate and taurursodiol, slowed functional decline over six months by about as much as the approved ALS drug edaravone.
Most pathways that emerged were common between African Americans and non-Hispanic whites, though some individual variants differed. Kidney development jumped out as a possibly unique aspect of AD in African Americans.