Etiology and Environmental Risk Factors for AD

The etiology of AD remains largely elusive. A small percentage (5 -10 ) of all AD cases can be ascribed to genetic mutations and has an early onset age (< 65). The large majority (90-95 ), however, is considered sporadic and has a late onset. Thus, aging is the biggest risk factor for AD. A myriad of environmental factors that increase with age may play an important role in AD. It is unclear if these factors can be converged to one common underlying mechanism or if they are independent events...

Targeting Amyloid Pathologies

According to the predominant amyloid cascade hypothesis, Aft peptides are the ultimate perpetrator of AD. Understandably, most of the drug discovery efforts are targeted towards reducing their levels in the brain. This is achieved by either decreasing production or increasing clearance. Aft peptides are produced by concerted proteolytic cleavage of their substrate, amyloid precursor protein (APP), by BACE1 (ft-secretase) and y-secretase. These two proteases have thus become the targets of...

Therapeutic Potential of GSK3 Inhibitors

The current therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease are limited to drugs that provide only marginal symptomatic benefit in the clinic. This is achieved by attenuating cognitive deficits through inhibiting acetylcholinesterase and increasing the levels of the neurotransmitter ACh or by antagonists for the NMDA receptor. However, this type of therapy does not affect the underlying pathology or halt the progressive neuritic dystrophy and neuronal damage. In addition, over time these therapies become...