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Posted by Stacy Facko on 4th Oct 2018
For years the cause of Alzheimer’s disease has been up for debate.
Is it natural degeneration due to aging? Perhaps this plays a part, but not everyone gets it.
Do genetics dictate who’s more susceptible?
And certainly we can’t ignore the research that points to a correlation between Alzheimer’s and exposure to environmental toxins or diets high in sugar consumption.
Clearly, scientists have yet to fully understand the cause and progression of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. And that leaves us without a probable cure or guaranteed preventative tactics.
Newer theories about the cause are being explored. In March 2016, an editorial was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, expressing concern over one aspect of the disease that has been largely neglected.
A community of Alzheimer’s disease researchers and clinicians are prepared to back up their belief that certain pathogenic microbes in the elderly brain have strong correlations to Alzheimer’s.
Pathogens Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease
The brain was previously thought to be an impenetrable organ, but we now know that to be untrue. Microbes can indeed fact cross the blood-brain barrier. Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites can gain access to the brain through organs adjacent to the brain and even by hitching a ride on immune cells travelling through the blood.
The following pathogens have been linked to Alzheimer’s based on their presence in brains of dementia patients.
The panel of scientists is pushing for more concentrated research on the microbial effect on Alzheimer’s based on findings from hundreds of studies with more than 100 studies on HSV1 alone, a concept that was first observed roughly 30 years ago.
Pathogens and Amyloid Plaque Working Together
A separate theory regarding Alzheimer’s disease may be a link to the microbial aspect and the long-held view that the disease is caused by sticky plaques made of amyloid proteins.
A Harvard research group published a study in the May 2016 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine. Their findings revealed that the presence of pathogenic bacteria in the brain may encourage the formation of beta-amyloid plaque as a response to fighting a bacterial infection.
Researchers hypothesized that when an offending microbe crosses the blood-brain barrier, the immune response is to send the brain’s amyloid proteins (normal components of the brain’s protein matrix) to trap the organism and suppress infection, similar to how proteins surround pathogens elsewhere in the body before white blood cells swoop in to finish the job to stop infection. However, the build-up of such proteins into plaques near the hippocampus, where learning and memory take place, supports one of the current beliefs in the cause of Alzheimer’s – that amyloid plaques form and encourage the tangling of tau proteins (the primary marker for the disease), which kills nerve cells and initiates inflammation that kills even more nerve cells.
Essentially, the brain wastes away.
Researchers across the board agree that there’s much more work to be done regarding the brain’s innate immune system and whether it’s actually contributing to Alzheimer’s in some individuals.
But as with many controversial theories regarding diseases, proposals to fund the necessary clinical trials are often denied, which hinders successful trials that could pave the way for the development of appropriate prevention and treatment protocols.
If allowed to be fully explored and recognized as a valid cause of Alzheimer’s disease, it raises the question whether similar theories about microbial infections have implications in the treatment of other progressive neurological diseases like Parkinson’s.
This could turn out to be another reason to give your best effort in preventing microbial infections in the first place.
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