Mutation Contributes to Faster Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Reports

Mutation Contributes to Faster Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Reports
A mutation in the BDNF gene can accelerate loss of memory and cognitive function in people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, according to a study. The study, “BDNF Val66Met predicts cognitive decline in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention,” was published in the journal Neurology. BDNF is an important neurotransmitter in the brain, playing a role in both neuron signaling and survival. The mutation of the gene is known as the BDNF Val66Met allele, or simply the Met allele. "We found that people with Alzheimer's risk who have this BDNF gene mutation called the Met allele may have a more rapid decline of memory and t
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