When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, we really can’t overstate the importance of early detection. However, despite the need for and value of diagnosing this disease before symptoms actually start to appear, researchers have struggled to find a reliable method of doing so — until now.
Thanks to Henrik Zetterberg and Kaj Blennow of Gothenburg University’s Sahlgrenska Academy, there is now hope in a test that measures beta-amyloid proteins in cerebrospinal fluid for early detection of Alzheimer’s. The two scientists recently developed a way to detect Alzheimer’s up to thirty years before any symptoms start to show by measuring this specific protein in the spinal fluid.
“If the concentration of beta-amyloid in the spinal fluid is abnormally low, it indicates that the protein is sticking in the brain, which is the earliest sign of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Henrik Zetterberg.
In a healthy person, beta amyloid collects in the brain and immediately goes into the blood and spinal fluid. But with Alzheimer’s patients, a protein called GPR3 is believed to be the reason that beta amyloid plaques develop and stick to the brain. These plaques cause brain and nerve cells to die. This beta amyloid buildup can happen as early as middle age and can easily go unnoticed for years before the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease start to appear. At this point, the disease is too advanced to respond to any type of treatment.
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