Genentech discovers possible prenatal clue to Alzheimer's disease

02/18/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Researchers at Genentech proposed that N-APP, a fragment of the amyloid precursor protein, causes the death of nerve cells and fibers in Alzheimer's patients by triggering a process that destroys the cells. This normally happens during prenatal development to get rid of excess cells, but Genentech scientists found that the process can somehow reactivate during adulthood.

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