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The research group of Associate Professor Takami Tomiyama of the Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience has developed a new monoclonal antibody for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. In the brain of patients with Alzheimer ’s disease two pathological changes appear: senile plaques caused by the buildup of amyloid β peptide outside cells and neurofibrillary tangles caused by the buildup of hyperphosphorylated tau proteins within cells.
Until now most research to develop medicines has focused on the amyloid β peptide, but so far none of them has shown effectiveness in clinical trials. This research instead developed a new monoclonal antibody that binds with the phosphorylated tau proteins to eliminate them. In the future, medical treatment for Alzheimer’s disease will most likely consist of a combination of medicines aimed at amyloid β peptides and medicines focusing on phosphorylated tau proteins. The antibody developed in this research is a promising prototype for a medicine aimed at phosphorylated tau proteins as it significantly reduced tau pathologies including neurofibrillary tangles and improved memory in aged model mice.
The research article was published in the online-edition of the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology of the American Neurological Association on 9 January 2015, 15:00 Japanese time.
【Journal name】Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
【Article Title】Passive immunotherapy of tauopathy targeting pSer413-tau:
a pilot study in mice
【Authors】Tomohiro Umeda, Hiroshi Eguchi, Yuichi Kunori, Yoichi Matsumoto, Taizo Taniguchi, Hiroshi Mori, Takami Tomiyama