New insight into brain protein production could help tackle dementia

Scientists hope that the discovery could pave the way for new treatments to cure degenerative brain diseases, reports Joe Middleton

Thursday 20 May 2021 01:20
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The study could pave the way for new treatments for a wide range of dementia-related diseases
The study could pave the way for new treatments for a wide range of dementia-related diseases

A breakthrough study has revealed for the first time a layer of genetic material involved in controlling the production of a brain protein which plays a vital role in degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Researchers also found that the protein - known as tau - is part of a larger family of non-coding genes which control and regulate other similar brain proteins such as beta-amyloid which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists at University College London (UCL) hope that the findings, published in the journal Nature, could help pave the way for new treatments to cure debilitating brain ailments.

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