Friday, July 17, 2009

Go Irvine, Go Irvine — PMX205

An article on Science Daily talks about a new Alzheimer's drug.

A drug similar to one used in clinical trials for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis has been found to rescue memory in mice exhibiting Alzheimer's symptoms. The discovery by UC Irvine scientists offers hope that a new treatment may be on the horizon for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's, the leading cause of elderly dementia afflicting more than 5 million people in the U.S. and for which no cure exists.

The drug, called PMX205, prevented inflamed immune cells from gathering in brain regions with Alzheimer's lesions called amyloid plaques. Cell inflammation in these areas accelerates neuron damage, exacerbating the disease.

Study results are reported in the July 15 edition of the Journal of Immunology.

I lived in Irvine, CA for 10 years and have many friends that have worked, taught, and/or attended there. Go UCI Anteaters!

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