Newly Discovered Protein Connected to Significant Increase in Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

A mutation in a newly discovered small protein is associated with a substantial increase in the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. This expands the known gene targets for the disease and presents a new potential avenue for treatment. The research was published on September 21 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Almost 25% of people of European ancestry have the mutated version of the protein SHMOOSE, the researchers say. In 2020, in 2020, as many as 5.8 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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