Researchers are focusing on abnormal proteins that could be causing the brain damage associated with these three neurological diseases.
Is an abnormal protein the cause of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases?
A group of researchers is looking into that question.
If successful, their research could lead to diagnostic tools and new treatments that could be used on all three of these deadly neurological ailments.
The findings from the scientists at Loyola University Chicago were published late last month in the journal Acta Neuropathologica.
“A possible therapy would involve boosting a brain cell’s ability to degrade a clump of proteins and damage vesicles,” explained Edward Campbell, PhD, study senior author, and an associate professor at Loyola, in a statement. “If we could do this in one disease, it’s a good bet the therapy would be effective in the other two diseases.”