Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading causes of death among Americans over the age of 65, reports Science Daily. However, according to a recent study, reducing iron levels in blood plasma may provide some protection to the brain when a person in affected with the illness.
The research was conducted by a team led by Dr. Othman Ghribi, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Rabbits were given a diet high in cholesterol so they would develop plaques of protein that lead to the development of Alzheimer’s.
However, an antioxidant drug called deferiprone was able to reduce the amount of iron in the blood and return neuron activity in the to normal levels.
“This research highlights the role of metal ions as key modulators for the toxic interactions of risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, in this case cholesterol,” said metals metabolism expert Ashley Bush, MD, PhD. “Drugs targeting these metal interactions hold promise as disease-modifying agents.”
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