In an astounding new research study, scientists say they have discovered a way to regrow brain cells and reverse Alzheimer-related memory loss in mice!
The team with the University of Illinois-Chicago, found that the increasing production of neurons in a region of the brain known as the hippocampus transformed the lab rodent’s Alzheimer’s induced defects, as the new neurons were incorporated into memory circuits restoring normal function.
In the study, neurogenesis (the growth of neurons) was enhanced by deleting a gene called Bax, which is related to cell death in the neurons of the mice.
Key Takeaways From This Study:
- Decreased neurogenesis (the growth and replacement of brain cells plays a role in Alzheimer’s development.
- This was one of the first studies to use gene therapy to enhance neurogenesis.
- Enhanced neurogenesis opens up a huge opportunity for new therapies.
- More work is needed, and of course, human studies; however, the researchers believe that their work is a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments.
You can read the complete study, which was published study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, by clicking on this link.