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Alzheimer's new vaccine offers an alternative
- August 23, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most powerful and dangerous neurodegenerative diseases, which affects the functioning of the brain and can significantly damage the main brain functions – this disease affects millions of people around the world. However, today a team of experienced microbiology specialists from the University of New Mexico informed the world community that they may have found a way to significantly prevent the development of this disease – mainly by preventing the formation of the so-called tau processes in key brain neural nodes. Moreover, the study is about a special vaccine.
Tau processes are special organic compounds formed by the accumulation and operation of tau proteins – which are considered the number one factor in the development of a particular neurodegenerative disease, in particular Alzheimer's syndrome. For quite some time, research teams around the world have been trying to find an answer to the question of how to prevent such accumulation, and now experts from New Mexico have informed the public that the vaccine is already in development – although it is still clean theoretical. However, a preliminary version of it was already tested on experimental mice, which previously induced symptoms similar to Alzheimer's syndrome.
As a result of this experiment, it was revealed that the new experimental vaccine actually successfully and quickly blocks the accumulation of a large number of tau proteins, and also does not allow the remaining proteins to form tau processes – which can be the reason for such great success.
It is worth noting the fact that despite all these points, it is rather difficult to say how successful the vaccine will be at the time of its release – if this exit will generally take place. In addition, the team of scientists is also left to conduct several additional sessions and experiments on the modification and change of the vaccine in order to fully bring its functionality closer to the real scenario.