Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 24 July 2002
Vol. 2002, Issue 29, p. or8


The Amyloid Hypothesis of Alzheimer's Disease: Progress and Problems on the Road to Therapeutics

John Hardy, and Dennis J. Selkoe;2002/29/or8

Abstract: Science 297, 353-356 (2002).

It has been more than 10 years since it was first proposed that the neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD) may be caused by deposition of amyloid {beta}-peptide (A{beta}) in plaques in brain tissue. According to the amyloid hypothesis, accumulation of A{beta} in the brain is the primary influence driving AD pathogenesis. The rest of the disease process, including formation of neurofibrillary tangles containing tau protein, is proposed to result from an imbalance between A{beta} production and A{beta} clearance.

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