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Independent Study Corroborates Prana's Strategy to Treat Alzheimer's Disease Patients.

- 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 University of California, Irvine, validates Prana's fundamental drug strategy for Alzheimer's Disease in blocking the toxic interaction between Abeta and brain metals, such as zinc, that damages synapses and cause cognitive loss.

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 UCLA, and Chair of Prana's Scientific Advisory Board, noted that, "the role of Abeta oligomers in damaging synapses resulting in cognitive impairment is well established in the literature. What has been less clear is why oligomers congregate at the synapse. The work by Dr. Glabe and his colleagues provides an explanation, showing that synaptic activity stimulates the release of Abeta and zinc leading to the build up of toxic Abeta oligomers at the synapse. Previous studies demonstrating that PBT2, can disperse Abeta oligomers attracted by synaptic zinc, suggest that the benefit of PBT2 seen in the recent clinical trial may reflect this synaptic effect".

Professor Colin Masters, Director of the Mental Health Research Institute and Laureate Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, said "these findings provide independent validation that this therapeutic approach is likely to benefit Alzheimer's disease patients by slowing down or delaying the onset of the illness".

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 University of Melbourne, The Mental Health Research Institute (Melbourne) and Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, contributed to the discovery of Prana's technology.

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