Gene mutation may play role in Alzheimer’s fight

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Researchers have found a woman with a rare genetic mutation that actually protected her from Dementia.

This ultra rare mutation appears to help stave off the disease by minimizing the binding of a particular sugar compound to an important gene. That finding suggests that treatments could be developed to give other people that same protective mechanism.

Experts say this could change the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and inspire new ideas about how to prevent and treat it.

Dr. Robert Rissman, Professor of Neurosciences at UCSD, was in studio to discuss.

 

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