Cellular Vessels Predict Likelihood of Developing Dementia

La Jolla, CA (Scicasts) — Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine say tiny micro-vesicle structures used by neurons and other cells to transport materials internally or dispose of them externally carry tell-tale proteins that may help to predict the likelihood of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) developing into full-blown Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The findings, published online this week in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, represent a quicker and less invasive way to identify impending cognitive decline and begin treatment before progression to established, irreversible dementia. “MCI is often a transitional stage between normal ageing and dementia,” said senior author Dr. Robert A. Rissman, associate professor in the Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine, director of the Biomarker Core for the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative…


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