Tau-associated MAPT gene increases risk for Alzheimer’s disease

17 febrero 2015

The microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) gene has been identified as increasing the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), scientists report. The MAPT gene encodes the tau protein, which is involved with a number of neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and AD. These findings provide novel insight into Alzheimer’s neurodegeneration, possibly opening the door for improved clinical diagnosis and treatment.