Destroying Amyloid with Lasers – Future Alzheimer’s Treatment

8 Jan

Researchers have found that a technique used to visualize amyloid fibers in the laboratory might have the potential to destroy them in the clinic. The technique involves zapping the fluorescently-tagged fibers with a laser, which can inhibit their growth and degrade them.

This study, appearing in the Jan. 9, 2009 issue of JBC, may offer a non-drug alternative to treat amyloid-based disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases.

Source: Press Release

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