Journal article

Glia and zinc in ageing and Alzheimer's disease: a mechanism for cognitive decline?

Sara M Hancock, David I Finkelstein, Paul A Adlard

Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2014


Normal ageing is characterized by cognitive decline across a range of neurological functions, which are further impaired in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recently, alterations in zinc (Zn) concentrations, particularly at the synapse, have emerged as a potential mechanism underlying the cognitive changes that occur in both ageing and AD. Zn is now accepted as a potent neuromodulator, affecting a variety of signaling pathways at the synapse that are critical to normal cognition. While the focus has principally been on the neuron: Zn interaction, there is a growing literature suggesting that glia may also play a modulatory role in maintaining both Zn ion homeostasis and the normal function of the s..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Paul A. Adlard is supported by the NHMRC and ARC. In addition, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health acknowledges the strong support from the Victorian Government and in particular the funding from the Operational Infrastructure Support Grant.