This enzyme may help protect against Alzheimer’s

 In a new study, researchers have identified an enzyme that may prove helpful against many degenerative brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s.

“This study found that NMNAT2, or nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyl transferase 2, is a key neuronal maintenance factor,” said lead researcher Hui-Chen Lu, Professor at Indiana University in the US.

“It exerts both an enzyme function to protect neurons from stress caused by over-excitation, and a ‘chaperone’ function, shown for the first time in this study, to combat the misfolded proteins encountered by the brain during ageing,” Lu noted.

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