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Tau Protein Required For Development Of Alzheimer's Disease

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May 7, 2002
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Northwestern University
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A group of Northwestern University neuroscientists have reported the first evidence showing that tau must be present to enable beta-amyloid to induce the degeneration of brain cells that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease.

CHICAGO --- Researchers have argued for years over whether neurofibrillary tau tangles or beta-amyloid plaques are the primary cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Autopsies show that these hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are often found in the same brain regions – preferentially in areas responsible for learning and memory -- but investigators previously have been unable to identify a mechanism linking the two types of lesions.


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