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Small Molecule Might Play Big Role In Alzheimer's Disease
2012-07-10 10:58:00

Simulations by UC Santa Barbara researchers improve understanding of plaque formation and suggest new diagnostic and treatment options Alzheimer's disease is one of the most dreaded and debilitating illnesses one can develop. Currently, the disease afflicts 6.5 million Americans and the Alzheimer's Association projects it to increase to between 11 and 16 million, or 1 in 85 people, by 2050. Cell death in the brain causes one to grow forgetful, confused and, eventually, catatonic....

2011-07-13 23:26:43

Rice University lab's light-switching complex attaches itself to amyloid proteins A breakthrough in sensing at Rice University could make finding signs of Alzheimer's disease nearly as simple as switching on a light. The technique reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society should help researchers design better medications to treat the devastating disease. The lab of Rice bioengineer Angel Martí is testing metallic molecules that naturally attach themselves to a...

2009-01-08 10:46:42

Researchers have found that a technique used to visualize amyloid fibers in the laboratory might have the potential to destroy them in the clinic. The technique involves zapping the fluorescently-tagged fibers with a laser, which can inhibit their growth and degrade them. This study, appearing in this week's JBC, may offer a non-drug alternative to treat amyloid-based disorders like Alzheimer, Parkinson, and Huntington diseases.Yuji Goto and colleagues had been studying amyloids, dense...

2005-11-22 16:29:54

Using a nuclear magnetic resonance technique, University of Illinois at Chicago chemists have obtained the first molecular-level images of precursors of bundled fibrils that form the brain plaques seen in Alzheimer's disease. Untangling the molecular structure of these pre-fibril forms, which may be the key neurotoxins in Alzheimer's, may help identify targets for new drugs to combat many neurodegenerative diseases. Microscopic bundled fibrils made of proteins called amyloid-beta are...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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