Journal article

Molecular mechanisms for Alzheimer's disease: implications for neuroimaging and therapeutics

Colin L Masters, Roberto Cappai, Kevin J Barnham, Victor L Villemagne

JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterised by the gradual onset of dementia. The pathological hallmarks of the disease are beta-amyloid (Abeta) plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, synaptic loss and reactive gliosis. The current therapeutic effort is directed towards developing drugs that reduce Abeta burden or toxicity by inhibiting secretase cleavage, Abeta aggregation, Abeta toxicity, Abeta metal interactions or by promoting Abeta clearance. A number of clinical trials are currently in progress based on these different therapeutic strategies and they should indicate which, if any, of these approaches will be efficacious. Current diagnosis of Alzheimer's dis..

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