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Alzheimer's: How does tau disrupt brain cells?

September 05, 2018 / Catharine Paddock PhD

Scientists have found a previously unknown mechanism in which the protein tau, which is implicated in Alzheimer's disease, damages brain cells by interfering with their internal communications.
The discovery sheds new light on the origins of this most common cause of dementia, a hallmark of which is the buildup of tangled tau protein filaments in the brain.