Tag Archives: Tau Pathology

Structure of Tau Filaments in Alzheimer’s Disease Discovered (MRC / BBC News / Nature / NHS Choices)

Summary Research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology has taken advantage of a “resolution revolution” in microscopy to uncover the atomic structure of Tau filaments (one of the two types of the abnormal tangles associated with Alzheimer’s Disease). “Tau forms … Continue reading

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Another Recent Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Trial Disappointment (Lancet)

Summary Researchers aimed to discover whether LMTM [Leuco-methylthioninium bis(hydromethanesulfonate] might be safe and effective for slowing disease progression in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. LMTM had previously been found to work as a selective inhibitor of tau protein … Continue reading

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Faintest Hints of Promise From a Recent Dementia Drug Trial? (BBC News / Alzheimer’s Association International Conference)

Summary Data from a recent trial involving 891 patients, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto this week, indicates that an experimental new drug (LMTX) appears to slow the death of brain cells and preserve mental function in … Continue reading

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Skin Cells: A New Non-Invasive Biomarker? (BBC News / American Academy of Neurology)

Summary Skin may be a good candidate biomarker for detecting hidden brain disorders earlier. Abnormal proteins which accumulate in the brain in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease can be found in the skin too. Research is … Continue reading

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Primary Age Related Tauopathy (PART): A New Type / Cause of Cognitive Impairment?

Summary The authors of this article propose the introduction of a new term to describe a pathology found to be commonly present in the brains of aged persons; namely “Primary Age-Related Tauopathy (PART). Autopsy studies indicate brains with neurofibrillary tangles … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarkers: Updated Hypothetical Model (Lancet Neurology)

Summary A hypothetical model of the major biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease, published by the same authors in 2010, has been updated in the light of new evidence. Full Text Link Reference Jack, CR. Jr. Knopman, DS. [and] Jagust, WJ. [et … Continue reading

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Biomarker Assessments in Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials (Quintiles / Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience)

Summary Accurate and sensitive tools are required for the early detection / diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, particularly to assist research. Alzheimer’s Disease clinical trials make increasing use of biomarkers, particularly neuroimaging markers and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers obtained via invasive … Continue reading

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