Ohio State University Scientists Dramatically Reduce Plaque-Forming Substances in Mice With Alzheimer's Disease
Published: Sep 06, 2012
Scientists have found that eliminating an enzyme from mice with symptoms of Alzheimer's disease leads to a 90 percent reduction in the compounds responsible for formation of the plaques linked to Alzheimer's disease. That is the most dramatic reduction in this compound reported to date in published research. The compounds are amyloid beta, or A-beta peptides; peptides are proteins, but are shorter in length. When A-beta peptides accumulate in excessive amounts in the brain, they can form plaques, which are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.