Another Study Reveals Inflammation Accelerates Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
According to a new study conducted by researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the University of Bonn currently published in the journal Nature, inflammatory mechanisms caused by the brain’s immune system accelerate the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. These discoveries, made by a series of extensive laboratory experiments, give a new perspective on pathogenetic mechanisms which may potentially be necessary to inhibiting Alzheimer’s before symptoms arise.
Alzheimer’s is a fatal neurodegenerative disease infamously known by its manifestation of dementia. There is currently no cure. The disease is believed to be related to an abnormal presence of small proteins called Amyloid-beta in the brain which leads to neuron damage. In the past years, studies have discovered that deposits of amyloid-beta, called plaques, cause inflammatory mechanisms in the brain’s immune system. Unfortunately, the exact processes that result in neurodegeneration and progression of the disease aren’t fully understood at this time.