Scientists have for the first time identified molecules with the potential to block the accumulation of a toxic eye protein that can lead to early onset of glaucoma. Researchers have implicated a mutant form of a protein called myocilin as a possible root cause of this increased eye pressure.
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified variations in a gene that double a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Their research is published online in the journal Nature.
Researchers found that they could reduce beta-amyloid when their drug was added to cultured brain cells and when injected directly into the brains of mice designed to show features of Alzheimer’s disease.
December 6, 2013
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