Thursday, April 11, 2013

How To Protect The Brain In Old Age (and Stop Alzheimer's)

How To Protect The Brain In Old Age (and Stop Alzheimer's):
A collaboration between
scientists in the UK, Portugal and Germany have solved the structure of kynurenine
3-monooxygenase (KMO
), a protein
implicated in the neurodegeneration (destruction of nerve cells) seen in diseases associated with old age, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and
Huntington’s. The study, which appears today  in the journal Nature , also reveals how to block KMO in a major first step to develop a promising new therapeutic approach for a group of diseases that, despite affecting millions worldwide, remain without cure or treatment.

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