Possible breakthrough in Alzheimer research

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Scientist at the Harvard Medical School and researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute have found that the size of the mitochondria, the part responsible for metabolising energy in cells, matters and may cause the toxic proteins known as  Beta Amalloyd and Tau.

Apparently the larger the mitochondria the more difficult it is to travel along the nerve cells and those can be one meter in length. In tests with fruit flies and mice they have been able to test this relation between the size of the mitochondria and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

The director of Queensland’s Centre for Ageing Dementia Research, Jurgen Gotz, says scientists have been able to successfully treat abnormal mitochondria in fruit flies and mice.

“By changing their size back to normal it’s possible to restore their function and also to prevent the new ones dying,” he said.

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