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This profile was last updated on 10/18/11  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

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Local Address:  Maryland , United States
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
600 Executive Boulevard
Rockville , Maryland 20892
United States

Company Description: The National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is the nation's primary supporter of biomedical research on the brain and nervous system and a...   more
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Alzheimer's protein kills nerve cells in nose; animal study may suggest way to rescue cells from disease
www.vetscite.org, 18 Oct 2011 [cached]
"Deficits in odor detection and discrimination are among the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, suggesting that the sense of smell can potentially serve as a 'canary in the coal mine' for early diagnosis of the disease," said Leonardo Belluscio, PhD, of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, who led the study. "The changes taking place in the olfactory system as a result of Alzheimer's disease may be similar to those in other regions of the brain but appear more rapidly" he added. Researchers once thought that protein plaques commonly seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease were responsible for killing off nerve cells, causing disruptions in memory -- a hallmark of the disease. The plaques are primarily derived from a protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP). The new study suggests that APP alone -- in the absence of the plaques -- may be to blame for the death of nerve cells.
In the new study, Belluscio and his colleagues genetically manipulated mice to produce high levels of a mutated version of human APP in olfactory nerve cells.
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"Reducing APP production suppressed the widespread loss of nerve cells, suggesting that such disease-related death of nerve cells could potentially be stopped," Belluscio said.
"Deficits in odor detection and ...
www.eurekalert.org, 27 Sept 2011 [cached]
"Deficits in odor detection and discrimination are among the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, suggesting that the sense of smell can potentially serve as a 'canary in the coal mine' for early diagnosis of the disease," said Leonardo Belluscio, PhD, of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, who led the study. "The changes taking place in the olfactory system as a result of Alzheimer's disease may be similar to those in other regions of the brain but appear more rapidly" he added.
Researchers once thought that protein plaques commonly seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease were responsible for killing off nerve cells, causing disruptions in memory - a hallmark of the disease. The plaques are primarily derived from a protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP). The new study suggests that APP alone - in the absence of the plaques - may be to blame for the death of nerve cells.
In the new study, Belluscio and his colleagues genetically manipulated mice to produce high levels of a mutated version of human APP in olfactory nerve cells.
...
"Reducing APP production suppressed the widespread loss of nerve cells, suggesting that such disease-related death of nerve cells could potentially be stopped," Belluscio said.
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Belluscio can be reached at belluscl@ninds.nih.gov. More information about Alzheimer's disease can be found in the Society's Research & Discoveries and Brain Briefings.
Leonardo ...
alzheimersreadingroom.posterous.com, 16 June 2011 [cached]
Leonardo Belluscio "Deficits in odor detection and discrimination are among the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, suggesting that the sense of smell can potentially serve as a 'canary in the coal mine' for early diagnosis of the disease," said Leonardo Belluscio, PhD, of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, who led the study. "The changes taking place in the olfactory system as a result of Alzheimer's disease may be similar to those in other regions of the brain but appear more rapidly" he added.
Researchers once thought that protein plaques commonly seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease were responsible for killing off nerve cells, causing disruptions in memory - a hallmark of the disease. The plaques are primarily derived from a protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP). The new study suggests that APP alone - in the absence of the plaques - may be to blame for the death of nerve cells.
In the new study, Belluscio and his colleagues genetically manipulated mice to produce high levels of a mutated version of human APP in olfactory nerve cells.
...
"Reducing APP production suppressed the widespread loss of nerve cells, suggesting that such disease-related death of nerve cells could potentially be stopped," Belluscio said.
...
Belluscio can be reached at belluscl@ninds.nih.gov. More information about Alzheimer's disease can be found in the Society's Research & Discoveries and Brain Briefings.
Leonardo Belluscio "Deficits ...
alzheimersreadingroom.posterous.com [cached]
Leonardo Belluscio "Deficits in odor detection and discrimination are among the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, suggesting that the sense of smell can potentially serve as a 'canary in the coal mine' for early diagnosis of the disease," said Leonardo Belluscio, PhD, of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, who led the study. "The changes taking place in the olfactory system as a result of Alzheimer's disease may be similar to those in other regions of the brain but appear more rapidly" he added.
Researchers once thought that protein plaques commonly seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease were responsible for killing off nerve cells, causing disruptions in memory - a hallmark of the disease. The plaques are primarily derived from a protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP). The new study suggests that APP alone - in the absence of the plaques - may be to blame for the death of nerve cells.
In the new study, Belluscio and his colleagues genetically manipulated mice to produce high levels of a mutated version of human APP in olfactory nerve cells.
...
"Reducing APP production suppressed the widespread loss of nerve cells, suggesting that such disease-related death of nerve cells could potentially be stopped," Belluscio said.
...
Belluscio can be reached at belluscl@ninds.nih.gov. More information about Alzheimer's disease can be found in the Society's Research & Discoveries and Brain Briefings.
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