Lack of cleaning in brain cells causes Alzheimer’s

15 Mar 2019

Research from the University of Copenhagen has revealed that the cleaning system of the brain and its inefficiency may be cited as a cause of Alzheimer’s. This breakthrough may also be vital in discovering a cure for the incurable disease.

A weakness in mitophagy (the process by which the brain cleans itself) causes accumulated stores of defective mitochondria in the brain cells which proves detrimental to its functioning and the cause of Alzheimer’s.

This study was published after doctors studied the brains of deceased Alzheimer’s patients, mice and roundworms. It is proven that a better mitophagy could result in lesser mitochondrial accumulation. Researchers are planning to carry out experiments on humans in near future to understand the relevance of their discovery, which, if successful might be crucial to find the cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

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