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Scientists link brain protein to Alzheimer's

Scientists link brain protein to Alzheimer's
16th September 2008

Researchers say they have found a link between a particular brain protein and Alzheimer's disease.

The scientists from the Translational Genomics Research Insititute (TGen) say their findings, published in the online edition of the Neurology of Ageing journal, could potentially lead to promising new treatments.

A key finding of the study was that carriers of a memory-enhancing strand of the Kibra gene were 25 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

Dr Matthew Huentelman, an investigator in TGen's Neurogenomics Division and the paper's senior author, stated: "This research suggests that Kibra, and possibly some of the proteins with which it interacts, may play a role in Alzheimer's disease."

Clinical director of TGen's Neurogenomics Division Dr Eric Reiman, who contributed to the study, commented that the research raises "promising new targets" at which new treatments may be aimed.

Meanwhile, UK-based charity the Alzheimer's Society recently said there is a growing body of research which suggests that a Mediterranean-type diet may reduce the risk of developing dementia.

It specified a high intake of various food-types, such as grains, fish, fruit, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids, as apparently being key aspects of such a diet.

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