New Drug Target Improves Memory in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

March 7, 2012

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Cincinnati, and American Life Science Pharmaceuticals of San Diego have validated the protease cathepsin B (CatB) as a target for improving memory deficits and reducing the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in an animal model representative of most AD patients.  The study has been published in the online edition of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

According to investigator Vivian Y. H. Hook, PhD, professor of the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and professor of neurosciences, pharmacology and medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine, and professor in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Graduate Program, the study is important because it could lead to new therapeutics that improve the memory deficits of AD.

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