Researchers from the University of new Mexico (UNM) working to create a vaccinethat they hope will help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Associate Professor of health and science UNM Kiran Bhaskar, who is studying the disease for more than 10 years, told KRQE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque that the idea of this vaccine appeared to him in 2013.
“It took more than five years to get fully functioning, working vaccine”, he added.
Bhaskar and his team have already started testing the vaccine on mice.
“We used a group of mice who had Alzheimer’s disease. They did a series of injections,” – said PhD student Nicole Maphis.
According to her, the vaccine is “targeted” at specific Tau-protein which is usually found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
“These antibodies eliminate pathological Tau. A pathological Tau protein is a component of the “tangles” that we find in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease”, – told Maphis. Such “tangles” violate the ability of neurons to communicate with each other.
After a series of injections to mice conducted tests like a maze. Mice that received the vaccine, coped much better.
However, drugs that work in mice do not always have the same effect in humans. You will need to carry out a clinical study involving humans to find out for sure, and it is a difficult and expensive undertaking with no guarantee of success.
Testing only a small group will cost the Department of health UNM of $2 million. Now scientists are looking for partners to jointly develop a vaccine clinical level for people.
Alzheimer’s affects nearly a third of elderly people, currently, this disease affects more than 43 million people worldwide, noted in UNM.
In the USA scientists working on a vaccine that will help prevent Alzheimer’s disease updated: June 11, 2019 author: Alina Dykman