Saturday, October 12, 2002
Susan Aldridge, PhD
A new study suggests a link between a common bacterium and the brain deposits that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers from Philadelphia have previously revealed the presence of a common bacterium within the brains of 90 per cent of a group of Alzheimer's patients, post-mortem. The bacterium is Chlamydia pneumoniae , which normally causes lung infections - although it has also been linked to heart disease. The team found the infection within the brain deposits known as plaque, which are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
In a new study, they have found that mice exposed to a nasal spray of the bacteria develop progressive plaques in their brain. It may be that this infection acts as a trigger for Alzheimer's disease, say the researchers.
Source International Conference on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders 8th October 2002