This astrocytic glycoprotein greases glial phagocytosis and reduces plaque burden in mice. The circadian clock protein Bmal1 suppresses it.
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.
Among a growing number of blood-based tauopathy markers, this new immunoassay may offer a way to catch preclinical disease just before symptoms show up.
Data shown at AAT-AD/PD explain why the DIAN-TU trial missed its primary endpoint. But gantenerumab strongly reduced plaques, tau, phospho-tau, and slowed NfL. This result prompted an open-label extension, sustaining hope for efficacy.
In a retrospective study, people with vitiligo had 12 times the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than did healthy controls. Why is that?
Confronting unprecedented challenges this past year, scientists found ways to tide their research over and keep clinical trials mostly on track.
Plaque-busting antibodies reset the time course of amyloid accumulation, but so far provide only hints of a clinical benefit in mild AD. Good news: once gone, plaque stays gone for a while.
BACE inhibitors are shaping up; pyroglutamate Aβ antibody clears plaques without ARIA, but immune reaction raises a flag.
Publication of negative results of Phase 3 idalopirdine trials lays to rest yet another candidate drug.
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.
Neurons take up extracellular vesicles containing tau oligomers more readily than they do free tau. Some gift: This speeds the march of tauopathy through mouse brain.
In both mice and (wo)men, the sex difference comes down to an Aβ-glutamate receptor-prion protein troika.
Changes in the composition of the cerebrospinal fluid and synapses may reveal novel insights into AD pathology.
Herpes viruses that are commonly found in human brain promote rapid Aβ fibrillization and deposition in AD model systems.