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Defining the earliest pathological changes of Alzheimer's disease


Vickers, J and Mitew, S and Woodhouse, A and Fernandez-Martos, CM and Kirkcaldie, MT and Canty, AJ and McCormack, GH and King, AE, Defining the earliest pathological changes of Alzheimer's disease, Current Alzheimer research, 13, (3) pp. 281-287. ISSN 1567-2050 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.2174/1567205013666151218150322


The prospects for effectively treating well-established dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), are slim, due to the destruction of key brain pathways that underlie higher cognitive function. There has been a substantial shift in the field towards detecting conditions such as AD in their earliest stages, which would allow preventative or therapeutic approaches to substantially reduce risk and/or slow the progression of disease. AD is characterized by hallmark pathological changes such as extracellular A plaques and intracellular neurofibrillary pathology, which selectively affect specific subclasses of neurons and brain circuits. Current evidence indicates that A plaques begin to form many years before overt dementia, a gradual and progressive pathologywhich offers a potential target for early intervention. Early A changes in the brain result in localized damage to dendrites, axonal processes and synapses, to which excitatory synapses and the processes of projection neurons are highly vulnerable. A pathology is replicated in a range of transgenic models overexpressing mutant human familial AD genes (eg APP and presenilin 1). Studying the development of aberrant regenerative and degenerative changes in neuritic processes associated with A plaques may represent the best opportunity to understand the relationship between the pathological hallmarks of AD and neuronal damage, and to develop early interventions to prevent, slow down or mitigate against A pathology and/or the neuronal alterations that leads to cognitive impairment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Alzheimer's disease, preclinical, synapses, amyloid precursor protein, A, plaque, dystrophic neurite, selective vulnerability, transgenic mice
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Cellular nervous system
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Vickers, J (Professor James Vickers)
UTAS Author:Mitew, S (Mr Stanislaw Mitew)
UTAS Author:Woodhouse, A (Dr Adele Woodhouse)
UTAS Author:Fernandez-Martos, CM (Dr Carmen Fernandez-Martos)
UTAS Author:Kirkcaldie, MT (Dr Matthew Kirkcaldie)
UTAS Author:Canty, AJ (Associate Professor Alison Canty)
UTAS Author:McCormack, GH (Mr Graeme McCormack)
UTAS Author:King, AE (Professor Anna King)
ID Code:105731
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:52
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-01-13
Last Modified:2022-08-23

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