Antibody designed to recognize pathogens of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have found a way to design an antibody that can identify the toxic particles that destroy healthy brain cells – a potential advance in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Their method is able to recognize these toxic particles, known as amyloid-beta oligomers, which are the hallmark of the disease, leading to hope that new diagnostic methods can be developed for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The team, from the University of Cambridge, University College London and Lund University, designed an antibody which is highly accurate at detecting toxic oligomers and quantifying their numbers. Their results are reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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3 responses to “Antibody designed to recognize pathogens of Alzheimer’s disease

  1. This is amazing and fantastic news!

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  2. Interesting.
    I heard of another test, since I don’t clearly understand the science it may be the same.
    When neurons in the brain die certain unique receptors break off and can be found in the blood. I’ve read about a test that can detect these receptors and discover Alzheimer’s very early.
    It sounds like a different test since they are looking for tell tail signs of neuron death and not for what may be killing them.
    So much great research going on all over the world.
    Andy

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