Controlling length of mitochondria may cure Alzheimer’s diseases

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In a recent study, scientists at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland and Harvard University have found in their research that the length of the mitochondria may be related to Alzheimer’s treatment. Mitochondria are organelles that metabolize energy for the all the cells. The scientists found in cases where there were toxic levels of the protein tau in the neurons, the mitochondria were longer. These elongated mitochondria have a toxic effect and generates cell death. Since neurons heavily depend on mitochondria for energy in order to function properly, aiming to reduce and control the lengths of these mitochondria can be a potential therapeutic strategy.

 

Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-08-alzheimer-size.html

 

Keywords: tau; mitochondria; research; Alzheimer’s disease

 

 

Wendy Liu