Neuroscience

Researchers map brain cell changes in Alzheimer's disease

A common sign of Alzheimer's disease is the excessive buildup of two types of protein in the brain: tangles of tau proteins that accumulate inside cells, and amyloid-β proteins that form plaques outside the cells. Researchers ...

Genetics

Researchers identify genes that maintain healthy neurons

Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute have found that deleting two genes that encode key enzyme proteins (kinases NDR1 and NDR2), impairs the health of neurons and leads to neurodegeneration in young mice as well as in ...

Neuroscience

New study sheds light on basic biology of frontotemporal dementia

Dementia encompasses a range of neurodegenerative conditions that lead to memory loss and cognitive deficiencies and affect some 55 million people worldwide. Yet despite its prevalence, there are few effective treatments, ...

Medical research

New role for blood-brain barrier in neuron function and damage

While the role of the blood-brain barrier has long been appreciated for its ability to maintain precise control over what molecules can enter the nervous system, very little is known about how the cells that form the barrier ...

Health

Midlife diet could help you eat your way to a healthy brain

People who eat a healthy diet during middle age have a larger brain volume than those with less healthy diets, new research reveals, suggesting food choices in midlife may reduce the risk of dementia and other degenerative ...

Medical research

Identification of bacterial proteins that promote neurodegeneration

Growing evidence indicates that gut microbiota plays a critical role in regulating the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the molecular mechanism underlying ...

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Neurodegeneration

Neurodegeneration is the umbrella term for the progressive loss of structure or function of neurons, including death of neurons. Many neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s occur as a result of neurodegenerative processes. As research progresses, many similarities appear which relate these diseases to one another on a sub-cellular level. Discovering these similarities offers hope for therapeutic advances that could ameliorate many diseases simultaneously. There are many parallels between different neurodegenerative disorders including atypical protein assemblies as well as induced cell death. Neurodegeneration can be found in many different levels of neuronal circuitry ranging from molecular to systemic.

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