Support Provided ByLearn More

Alzheimer's Virus-Like Protein

Tangles of a protein called tau inside neurons may be the culprit behind Alzheimer’s.
Publish Date: Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova
By Ari Daniel and Seeta Joseph

The brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease accumulate both amyloid plaques and tangles of a virus-like protein called tau. Recent experiments have revealed that tau, and not amyloid, is responsible for causing the symptoms that characterize the affliction. And a new drug currently in development may be able to stop tau in its tracks, which would mean significant progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Support Provided ByLearn More

Explore More

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers. Additional funding is provided by the NOVA Science Trust.