A gene associated with Alzheimer's is also partly responsible in the production of insulin, researchers have found, a discovery which has confirmed a long standing suspicion of a link between diabetes and Alzheimer's.
The study, performed by researchers at City College of New York, was published in the June issue of Genetics.
Researchers studied worms with mutations in the Alzheimer's-related gene (APL-1) along with mutations in genes in the insulin pathway, and discovered the Alzheimer's-related gene influenced metabolic pathways during the worms' development.
"People with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of dementia. The insulin pathways are involved in many metabolic processes, including helping to keep the nervous system healthy," said Professor Chris Li, lead author of the study.
"This is an important discovery, especially as it comes on the heels of the U.S. government's new commitment to treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease by 2025," said Mark Johnston, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of Genetics.
"We know there's a link between Alzheimer's and diabetes, but until now, it was somewhat of a mystery. This finding could open new doors for treating and preventing both diseases," he added.
by RTT Staff Writer
For comments and feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org