Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s? That could be coming in the future!
According to research from a team at MIT the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease that affect the memory of a patient might really be reversible. For those who do not know Alzheimer’s disease causes memory loss and does so by blocking genes of the brain responsible for memory. Those genes become unable to cause the formation of new memories and cannot retrieve already existing memories.
While we have considered blocking the HCAC2 that condenses the genes themselves but it is something that has proven to be quite impossible throughout the past. These researchers are hoping that they will be able to use LED lights in order to prevent the blocking formation altogether. When it came to trying to do this the team had to figure out a method in which they could target HDAC2 without affecting the HDAC1 or hurting white blood cell production.
According to the Director of MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Lead author of this study Li-Huei Tsai once this is carried out restoring expression as well as memories should come soon after. While this research is still in its earlier stages it could bring about some amazing findings for the world of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Currently, it has only been carried out on mice but in time we hope this will prove to be effective in humans as well.
Does someone you know suffer from Alzheimer’s? Check out the video below for more information on Alzheimer’s. It seems a ‘cure’ for Alzheimer’s really cannot come fast enough.