Alzheimer's plaque components fight inflammation

Alzheimer's plaque components fight inflammation

In mice, bits of proteins can treat condition resembling multiple sclerosis

By Nathan Seppa, 17:44 PM April 3, 2013

Tiny components of amyloid plaques, the notorious protein clumps found littering the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, might fight inflammation. Researchers report that several of these sticky protein fragments, or peptides, glom onto inflammatory compounds and reverse paralysis in mice that have a condition similar to multiple sclerosis. A fragment of tau protein, which shows up in other brain deposits in Alzheimer’s patients, has a similar effect.

When tested on blood taken from...

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