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Alzheimer's protein 'contributes to memory loss'

Alzheimer's protein 'contributes to memory loss'
3rd May 2011

A protein known to be associated with Alzheimer's disease disrupts cell division, leading to defective neurons that could contribute to the condition, scientists have found.

The protein was found to clog several motors of the cell transport machinery which are vital in cell division, according to the University of South Florida research.

Additionally, research published in journal Cell Cycle revealed that the protein beta amyloid could cause malfunctioning in brain neurons, directly contributing to memory loss.

Research leader Huntington Potter said: "By identifying a brand new and extremely important target of the amyloid protein's toxicity, we can develop drugs for Alzheimer's disease that may protect the motors from inhibition and allow the brain to regenerate properly."

Meanwhile, HealthDay News reports that being housebound could put older adults at an elevated risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

According to research carried out at Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, people who did not leave their house during one particular week were found to be two times more likely to develop the condition.

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