Oct 23, 2018

Pathological Changes of Tau Related to Alzheimer's Disease

ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Dandan Chu, Fei Liu

Abstract

Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, is characterized by extracellular β-amyloid plaques and intracellular neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs), which are considered as major targets for AD therapies. However, no effective therapy is available to cure or prevent the progression of AD up until now. Accumulation of NFTs, which consist of abnormally hyperphosphorylated tau, is directly correlated with the degree of dementia in AD patients. Emerging evidence indicates that the prion-like seeding and spreading of tau pathology may be the key driver of AD. In the past decades, greater understanding of tau pathway reveals new targets for the development of specific therapies. Here, we review the recent research progress in the mechanism underlying tau pathology in AD and briefly introduce tau-based therapeutics.

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Biochemical Pathway
Research
Extracellular
Neurofibrillary Degeneration (Morphologic Abnormality)
Protoplasm
Plaque, Amyloid
Alzheimer's Disease
Diffuse Neurofibrillary Tangles With Calcification
Senile Plaques
Amyloid

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