Tag Archives: Misfolded Proteins

Early Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease and DLB Using CSF Biomarker? (BBC News / Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology)

Summary Research at the University of Edinburgh indicates that test for synuclein, which measures how sticky this protein molecule has become (i.e. alpha-synuclein aggregation), might be the key to diagnosing accurately the early stages of both Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia … Continue reading

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Funding Initiative (JPco-fuND) for International Dementia Research (MRC)

Summary The EU Joint Programme for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has announced €35 million (£25.7 million) funding for research into neurodegenerative diseases. Nine of the 21 research projects involved will benefit UK research teams; these will receive MRC funds through … Continue reading

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Exploring Disease-Modifying Treatments for Lewy-Body Dementia (Frontiers in Neuroscience)

Summary The authors of this review remind readers that there are currently no disease-modifying therapies for Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). DLB accounts for perhaps 25% of all dementia cases. This review covers therapeutic directions which have been explored for … Continue reading

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Potential Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Transmission (BBC News / NHS Choices / Nature / MRC)

Summary There may be a theoretical risk of Alzheimer’s Disease being transmissible during surgical procedures, in the manner of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). This hypothesis has arisen as a result of the examination of the brains of eight patients who had … Continue reading

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New Hopes for Disease-Modifying Pharmacological Dementia Treatment (BBC News / AAIC / ARUK)

Summary Trials of the drug Solanezumab were abandoned in apparent failure in 2012. More detailed examination of the data has since revealed evidence that this medication may have a role in slowing the pace of progression in Alzheimer’s Disease slightly, … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Mutation of Human Prion Protein May Prevent Prion Diseases? (NHS Choices / BBC News / Nature)

Summary A natural human mutation (called V127) in the gene encoding prion protein may offer resistance to CJD. A study using mice with this genetic mutation appears to confirm resistance to prion diseases. This finding may in future help in … Continue reading

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Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Spinal Fluid? (NHS Choices / Cell Reports)

Summary A recent diagnostic study has investigated the possibility of diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease, years before disease onset, using cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The technique for identifying people with Alzheimer’s Disease would be based on detecting very small amounts of abnormal (misfolded) … Continue reading

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