By: Chang Jung-hsiang and Y.F. Low
Taipei, June 17 (CNA) A research team at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has proven
the efficacy of a zinc finger-like protein in restoring memory deficits, which suggests it has the potential to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
The team was led by Chang Nan-shan (張南山), director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Sze Chun-I (司君一), director of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, and Kuo Yu-min (郭余民), a professor in the department.
According to the team, Alzheimer’s disease is mainly the result of cell death and tissue loss in the brain that is believed to be caused by plaques and tangles building up in the nerve cells.
In their research, the scientists found that Zfra, a naturally occurring 31-amino-acid zinc finger-like protein, can effectively reduce plaque aggregation and tangle formation. [FULL STORY]