pH imbalance in brain cells may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

Illustration of how pH imbalance inside endosomes may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists say they have found new evidence in lab-grown mouse brain cells, called astrocytes, that one root of Alzheimer’s disease may be a simple imbalance in acid-alkaline—or pH—chemistry inside endosomes, the nutrient and chemical cargo shuttles in cells. Astrocytes workContinue reading “pH imbalance in brain cells may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease”

Researchers discovery an independent role for astrocytes in cognition

The majority of the cells in the brain are no neurons, but Glia (from “glue”) cells, that support the structure and function of the brain. Astrocytes (“start cells”) are star-shaped glial cells providing many supportive functions for the neurons surrounding them, such as the provision of nutrients and the regulation of their chemical environment. NewerContinue reading “Researchers discovery an independent role for astrocytes in cognition”

Targeting astrocytes, the brain cells that support neurons, in the brain might help alleviate symptoms of Alzheiemer’s disease

A study by scientists of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) points to a novel potential approach against Alzheimer’s disease. In studies in mice, the researchers were able to show that blocking a particular receptor located on astrocytes normalized brain function and improved memory performance. Astrocytes are star-shaped, non-neuronal cells involved in the regulationContinue reading “Targeting astrocytes, the brain cells that support neurons, in the brain might help alleviate symptoms of Alzheiemer’s disease”