Journal article

The role of innate immune responses and neuroinflammation in amyloid accumulation and progression of Alzheimer's disease

Alessandra Webers, Michael T Heneka, Paul A Gleeson

IMMUNOLOGY AND CELL BIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by amyloid beta (Aβ) accumulation, tau pathology and neuroinflammation. Recently, there has been considerable interest in the role of neuroinflammation in directly contributing to the progression of AD. Studies in mice and humans have identified a role for microglial cells, the resident innate immune cells of the central nervous system, in AD. Activated microglia are a key hallmark of the disease and the secretion of proinflammatory cytokines by microglia may result in a positive feedback loop between neurons and microglia, resulting in ongoing low-grade inflammation. Traditionally, the pathways of Aβ production and neuroinflammation have been consid..

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