- Journal of Neuroscience paper describes role of Zinc in developing Alzheimer's -
MELBOURNE, Australia, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Prana Biotechnology (ASX:PBT; Nasdaq: PRAN) today announced that an independent study conducted by researchers at the
The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that the release of zinc from synapses is critical for Abeta to form oligomers and to aggregate. Dr Glabe, an author of the paper, noted, "These results are very exciting news for understanding the mechanism of Alzheimer pathogenesis. They help elucidate the fundamental role of metal ions like zinc in causing the formation of Abeta oligomers which damage synapses".
Prana's lead Alzheimer's disease compound, PBT2, targets a toxic form of the Abeta protein in the synapses of the brain by inhibiting the interaction between Abeta and zinc. The findings provide an explanation as to how PBT2 has demonstrated the ability to restore normal function to Abeta-impaired synapses and so reverse cognitive loss in animal models of AD. PBT2 has completed a Phase IIa study in Alzheimer's disease patients, demonstrating a lowering of Abeta levels in the CSF and signs of cognitive improvement within three months.
Commenting on the significance of these findings Dr Jeffrey Cummings of
Professor Colin Masters, Director of the Mental Health Research Institute and Laureate Professor of Medicine at the
The study titled "A role for Synaptic Zinc in Activity-Dependent A(beta) Oligomer Formation and Accumulation at Excitatory Synapses" will be published in the April 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.(1)
(1) Deshpande A, Kawai H, Metherate R, Glabe CG, and Busciglio J. J. Neurosci 2009; 29 (13)
About Prana Biotechnology Limited
Prana Biotechnology was established to commercialise research into Alzheimer's disease and other major age-related neurodegenerative disorders. The Company was incorporated in 1997 and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in March 2000 and listed on NASDAQ in September 2002. Researchers at prominent international institutions including The
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