Today : Sunday - Sep 21, 2014, 01:28am (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Gulf News
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Reliance Communications has made full repayment of two loans amounting to $1 billion (around Rs 6,000 crore), during the quarter ended June 30.The repayments have been from the company's rupee resources.

Sci - Tech

Gene linked with Alzheimer's plaques found

Thursday - Feb 21, 2013, 04:03pm (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

Washington - A study combining genetic data with brain imaging has not only identified the APOE gene, tied to the development of Alzheimer's, but has uncovered its link with another gene, called BCHE.

The enzyme coded by the BCHE gene has previously been studied in post-mortem brain tissue and is known to be found in plaques (deposits), which cause Alzheimer's.

These findings, based on PET scans of 555 participants in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, could open the way to more effective drugs for Alzheimer's or slow, reverse or even prevent the disease, the journal Molecular Psychiatry reports.

Amyloid plaque deposits build up abnormally in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and are believed to play an important role in memory loss and other problems that plague patients.

"The findings could recharge research efforts studying the molecular pathways contributing to amyloid deposits in the brain as Alzheimer's disease develops and affects learning and memory," said Vijay K. Ramanan, study co-author and doctoral student from Indiana University School of Medicine.

The BCHE gene finding "brings together two of the major hypotheses about the development of Alzheimer's disease," said Andrew J. Saykin, professor of radiology and imaging sciences at Indiana and principal investigator for the genetics core of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.

"This study is connecting two of the biggest Alzheimer's dots," said Saykin, director of the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Centre, according to an Indiana statement.


Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Articles:
India to launch Mars mission: President (21st Feb, 2013)
Brain-scanning headset reads your mind to ease information overload (21st Feb, 2013)
Bilingual kids have better `working memory` than monolingual peers (21st Feb, 2013)
Mushroom-supplemented soybean extract can boost longevity in prostate cancer patients (21st Feb, 2013)
Second gene associated with Alzheimer’s plaques identified (21st Feb, 2013)
Four genes associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer identified (21st Feb, 2013)
Chinese cyberspies hacked 'all powerful US institutions', say experts (21st Feb, 2013)
New injectable hydrogel repairs damage after heart attack (21st Feb, 2013)
Dinosaurs may not have had fleas (21st Feb, 2013)
Conductor of speech uncovered in human brain (21st Feb, 2013)
Sony announces PlayStation 4 console (21st Feb, 2013)
Smallest planet yet found by `listening` to sound waves from Sun-like Star (21st Feb, 2013)
Curiosity Mars rover confirms first drilled Martian rock sample (21st Feb, 2013)
Penis size does matter to female golden moles (21st Feb, 2013)
Apple may have planted iWatch leaks 'out of desperation', says report (21st Feb, 2013)
Early humans didn’t begin walking upright to see further on plains of Africa (21st Feb, 2013)
Fish oil may help protect brain after stroke (21st Feb, 2013)
Twitter shortens tweets to only 177 characters over security concerns (21st Feb, 2013)
Apple releases 'malware removal tool' following computer hack (21st Feb, 2013)
Flexible, transparent imaging device developed (21st Feb, 2013)
Google reveals what users of wearable computer 'Project Glass' will see (21st Feb, 2013)
Tiniest planet shows sun-like stars can host smaller planets (21st Feb, 2013)
Star with cool atmospheric layer similar to that of sun identified (21st Feb, 2013)
World’s only ‘coffee-fueled’ vehicle sets Guinness speed record in UK (21st Feb, 2013)
Jurassic records predict effects of global warming on marine life (21st Feb, 2013)

Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use