Study Unveils another Gene behind Risk of Alzheimer

Study Unveils another Gene behind Risk of Alzheimer

A recent study has managed to find out another gene, clusterin or CLU, after ApoE4 was found in 1993, behind the risk of getting affected by Alzheimer by a massive 16%. As per reports, team of researchers from University of California Los Angeles is of the view that CLU has the potential of affecting normal functioning of brain before almost 50 year before getting diagnosed with Alzheimer.

For the study, the team roped in almost 398 healthy adults of the age from 20 to 30 years to make the sample group go through MRI scan, a special type of scan which traces connection of brain. Following which, team compared the MRI scan report of those carrying a C-allele variant of the CLU gene with those who had a different variant.

After examining the difference between the two, Dr. Paul Thompson, Professor of neurology and his colleagues at California, claimed that the C-allele of the CLU gene halts the growth of the protective layer around the neuron’s (brain cell) axons, myelin, to increase the probability of getting diagnose with Alzheimer.

Irrespective of the fact that prominent symptoms of Alzheimer are seen at later stage of the life, this study has unveiled that the damage is started at very early stage.