Targeting the Blood-Brain Barrier May Delay Progression of Alzheimer's Disease
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIH News
For Immediate Release: Monday, April 12, 2010
Researchers may be one step closer to slowing the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. An animal study supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, shows that by targeting the blood-brain barrier, researchers are able to slow the accumulation of a protein associated with the progression of the illness. The blood-brain barrier separates the brain from circulating blood, and it protects the brain by removing toxic metabolites and proteins formed in the brain and preventing entry of toxic chemicals from the blood.
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