Reverse Alzheimer's - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/24/06

Reverse Alzheimer's

Researchers have identified an enzyme in the brains of mice that, when restored to normal levels, can reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

The study out of Columbia University Medical Center targets a specific enzyme that controls brain protein's ability to get rid of unneeded cells similar to a garbage disposal.

When this enzyme is not working, cells accumulate and do not allow memory genes to function properly which contributes to Alzheimer's disease. Researchers found by injecting this enzyme into mice, memory was restored 100 percent and there was better communication between brain cells.

The hope now is to begin testing on humans soon.

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