Study Helps Researchers Better Understand Brain Protein’s Role In Down Syndrome And Alzheimer’s Disease

Study Helps Researchers Better Understand Brain Protein’s Role In Down Syndrome And Alzheimer’s Disease
Findings of a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Waisman Center investigating the link between a protein typically associated with Alzheimer's disease, are revealing more information about the earliest stages of the neurodegenerative disease and that this protein's impact on memory and cognition may not be as clear as once thought. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. People with Down syndrome are born with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, where the gene that codes for the amyloid- protein that leads to the development of plaques in the brain, a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimers disease, resides.
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