Slow protein clearance ‘clue to Alzheimer’s’
"This exciting study gives us an insight into the building blocks of Alzheimer's disease”
- Dr Clive Ballard, Alzheiner's Society
Scientists suggest people with Alzheimer's disease clear a damaging protein from their brains more slowly than those who are healthy.
It was already known that the beta-amyloid protein built up in the brains of people with the condition.
But the US study in Science suggests it is the poor clearance of the protein, not the build-up, that is the problem.
UK experts said the study of 24 people was small, but exciting, and could help understanding of the disease.