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Renegade protein interrupts brain cell function in Alzheimer's disease, study reveals


WASHINGTON: Dozens of molecules may tangle up with rogue bundles of tau, a protein that normally gives nerve fiber structure to cause brain cell damage that contributes to neuro-degenerative diseases, according to a recent study.

Neuroscientists have previously found that tau can become toxic when extra chemical molecules accumulate with its structure in the brain, causing it to form tangles of protein that destroy surrounding tissue.

Led by researchers from NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the new study analysed the makeup of such tangles and found 12 proteins that they say have not before been tied to both tau and ...


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