Alzheimer’s Disease Damage Completely Erased in Human Cells by Changing Structure of Protein
April 11, 2018
(Newsweek) – Scientists in California successfully changed a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease into a more harmless form, allowing them to erase brain cell damage. The breakthrough is especially important because the research was not conducted on mice but rather human cells. Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco took stem cells from Alzheimer’s patients who had two copies of the apoE4 gene as well as stem cells from healthy volunteers who also had a pair of the apoE3 gene, a study published online Tuesday said. They then created neurons, or brain cells, from these stem cells.