Feel-Good Friday

A group of Russian scientists are working with chemical compounds to stop the degeneration of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. It could become a major breakthrough for the debilitating diseases.

Now Russian scientists have synthesized chemical compounds that can stop the degeneration of neurons in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other severe brain pathologies.

New molecules of pyrrolyl- and indolylazine classes activate intracellular mechanisms to combat one of the main causes of “aged” brain diseases—an excess of so-called amyloid structures that accumulate in the human brain with age.

“Our compounds activate the synthesis of specific heat shock proteins and cause their accumulation in the cell,” said research co-author, professor of the Department of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry at UrFU Irina Utepova.

“Proteins of this type make it possible to protect neuronal tissue from an excess of toxic amyloids and to protect cells from various types of stress, including proteotoxic stress characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases.”

Lord knows I’m having trouble remembering things, and when my mother started having trouble I realized this may be a family trait. Hopefully this can lead to a cure.