Alzheimer's disease & metals: therapeutic opportunities
Vijaya B Kenche, Kevin J Barnham
British Journal of Pharmacology | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2011
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common age related neurodegenerative disease. Currently, there are no disease modifying drugs, existing therapies only offer short-term symptomatic relief. Two of the pathognomonic indicators of AD are the presence of extracellular protein aggregates consisting primarily of the Aβ peptide and oxidative stress. Both of these phenomena can potentially be explained by the interactions of Aβ with metal ions. In addition, metal ions play a pivotal role in synaptic function and their homeostasis is tightly regulated. A breakdown in this metal homeostasis and the generation of toxic Aβ oligomers are likely to be responsible for the synaptic dysfunction associate..View full abstract
This work was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.