New Type Of Drug Shows Promise Against Alzheimer’s

June 12, 2008

A new study has shown that a new class of drugs could be highly effective against the Alzheimer's disease.  The drugs are called gamma-secretase modulators.Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that a new class of drugs could be highly effective against the Alzheimer’s disease. The drugs are called gamma-secretase modulators.

Researchers from four nations were led by Prof. Todd Golde, Department of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

These new class of drugs, also known as GSMs, work by stopping the production of long amyloid beta proteins.

If this production is not stopped, it can lead to amyloid plaque, a major factor in Alzheimer’s.

The GSMs also have another function, as they can build up production of shorter pieces of the same amyloid protein. This can help with Alzheimer’s prevention.

The study has been published in the journal Nature.

The hope is that this new class of drugs will open up many doors for future treatment of Alzheimer’s.


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