Dementia|Alzheimer’s|Food and Nutrition

I came across this research article on Arginine and it’s roll in the demise of the brain and the onset of Dementia\Alzheimer’s.  This is a study that is being conducted using mice that have been altered to have an immune system that resembles a human immune system.  So, as always, it is a new study but interesting.

Here is the link

Here is a couple of paragraphs from the short article:

The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience by authors from Duke University, West Virginia University School of Medicine and the University of Washington found that certain immune system cells, which normally protect the brain, began to consume a key nutrient known as arginine during the early stages of a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

In tests on mice, researchers were able use a small-molecule drug, known as difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), to block the arginine consumption process. That, in turn, prevented the development of brain plaques, which can damage and destroy brain cells. As such, it could curtail memory loss, the authors of the report believe.

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