From the WUSTL Newsroom…
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a way that corrupted, disease-causing proteins spread in the brain, potentially contributing to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other brain-damaging disorders.
The research identifies a specific type of receptor and suggests that blocking it may aid treatment of theses illnesses. The receptors are called heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs).
“Many of the enzymes that create HSPGs or otherwise help them function are good targets for drug treatments,” said senior author Marc I. Diamond, MD, the David Clayson Professor of Neurology. “We ultimately should be able to hit these enzymes with drugs and potentially disrupt several neurodegenerative conditions.”
The study is available online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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