Journal article

Current status of metals as therapeutic targets in Alzheimer's disease

AE Finefrock, AI Bush, PM Doraiswamy

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY | WILEY | Published : 2003

Abstract

There is accumulating evidence that interactions between beta-amyloid and copper, iron, and zinc are associated with the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). A significant dyshomeostasis of copper, iron, and zinc has been detected, and the mismanagement of these metals induces beta-amyloid precipitation and neurotoxicity. Chelating agents offer a potential therapeutic solution to the neurotoxicity induced by copper and iron dyshomeostasis. Currently, the copper and zinc chelating agent clioquinol represents a potential therapeutic route that may not only inhibit beta-amyloid neurotoxicity, but may also reverse the accumulation of neocortical beta-amyloid. A Phase II double-blind clin..

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