Alzheimer’s is a key area of focus for the pharmaceutical industry, but drug development efforts have had little success with many researchers suggesting that by the time patients present with symptoms the disease may be too far progressed to treat effectively.
In a study published in The Lancet Neurology, a team of researchers found that biomarkers linked to Alzheimer’s were apparent at least 20 years before the onset of symptoms.
The findings came from a study of young adults from a population in Colombia with a high prevalence of a mutation in the presenilin 1, or PSEN1, gene, which leads to the development of Alzheimer’s at an early age. In an analysis of 44 subjects — 20 who carried the mutation and 24 who did not — the researchers found differences in brain structure and function between the two groups.
See below “The shrunken brain of an Alzheimer’s patient compared with a healthy one”.
They also found increased cerebrospinal fluid levels of amyloid beta — an established protein biomarker for Alzheimer’s — in mutation carriers well in advance of clinical onset of the disease.
Related literature on Alzheimer’s from TGI:
Pl. note the signs of dementia
- Struggling to remember recent events
- Problems following conversations
- Forgetting the names of friends or objects
- Repeating yourself
- Problems with thinking or reasoning
- Confusion in familiar places
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- Scientists claim Alzheimer’s can be predicted earlier (thehindu.com)
- Dementia gene found in a third of teenagers (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Alzheimer’s Detected Over Two Decades Before Symptoms (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Alzheimer’s detected 20 years before symptoms (indiavision.com)
- Alzheimer’s signs seen decades before diagnosis (cbsnews.com)
- Biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid can identify patients with Alzheimer’s disease (eurekalert.org)
- Alzheimer’s found decades earlier (bbc.co.uk)