Friday, December 12, 2008

Alzheimer's Disease Screening Breakthrough Will Help Identify Potential Treatment Drugs

ScienceDaily (Dec. 12, 2008) — CSIRO scientists have developed a new system to screen for compounds that can inhibit one of the processes that takes place during the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Certain yeast species could be used to develop this rapid screening process. Folate has been shown to be beneficial in the screening system
Lead author, CSIRO’s Dr Ian Macreadie says folate is already well known to have a protective effect against Alzheimer’s disease which is believed to be caused by the loss of neurons in the brain due to a process whereby toxic multimers of a small protein called Aβ are formed.

“However, a team of scientists working within CSIRO’s Preventative Health Flagship has discovered a....read the whole article

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