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Plant compounds 'may slow down Alzheimer's'

Plant compounds 'may slow down Alzheimer's'
27th May 2011

Compounds found in plants could slow down the progress of Alzheimer's disease, a new study has indicated.

Research by the Translational Genomics Research Institute found that the family of plant compounds could be used to prevent or slow down the memory loss seen in Alzheimer's disease.

According to the study, published in journal PLoS One, the beta-carboline alkaloids are naturally occurring compounds that affect many nervous system targets.

Dr Travis Dunckley, the study's senior author, said: "These results suggest that this class of compounds warrant further investigation as candidate tau-based therapeutics to alter the onset or progression of tau dysfunction and pathology in Alzheimer's disease."

This follows the discovery of a 'recycling' process in the brain that scientists believe could lead to new Alzheimer's treatments.

Research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society found that the formation of abnormal fibrils, which is associated with Alzheimer's, may be reversible.

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