Common Trait of Alzheimer’s Disease Revealed

East Lansing, MI (Scicasts) — Laser technology has revealed a common trait of Alzheimer’s disease – a sticky situation that could lead to new targets for medicinal treatments. Alzheimer’s statistics are always staggering. The neurodegenerative disease affects an estimated 5 million Americans, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or a form of dementia, it claims more lives than breast and prostate cancers combined, and its incidence is rising. To help fight this deadly disease, Lisa Lapidus, Michigan State University professor of physics and astronomy, has found that peptides, or strings of amino acids, related to Alzheimer’s wiggle at dangerous speeds prior to clumping or forming the plaques commonly associated with Alzheimer’s. “Strings of 40 amino acids are the ones most-commonly found in healthy individuals, but strings of 42 are…


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