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Scientists Study Dementia Proteins
Myriam
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 4:36 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:


(Source:The Independent) - Scientists are to launch a major study of little-known proteins they believe are a contributing factor to diseases such as dementia and multiple sclerosis.


The study will focus on a protein known as Kir4.1 which is a key element in controlling special cells in the brain and spinal cord which form myelin, a substance which insulates the brain's wiring.

 

The researchers already know that myelin acts as the insulating layer around nerve cells and is essential for rapid conduction of information and when it is damaged this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.

 

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http://www.independent.co.uk