Brain cells in Alzheimer’s patients consume resources essential to neurotransmission

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common type of dementia, causes the death of neurons and leads to shrinking of the brain. Patients with AD will eventually experience gradual deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities. Yet, scientists do not fully understand what causes this disease.

A recent study conducted by a team from the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), suggests that early changes in metabolism may explain the neurodegeneration. The research team is the first to discover that a special gene variant causes astrocytes of the brain to exhaust

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