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Potential Target for Age-Related Cognitive Decline Identified


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Initial post: Feb 7, 2013 12:57:45 PM PST
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Researchers reporting in the February 7th issue of the Cell Press journal Cell Stem Cell have discovered a molecule that accumulates with age and inhibits the formation of new neurons. The finding might help scientists design therapies to prevent age-related cognitive decline. ...
The investigators identified the molecule, called Dickkopf-1 or Dkk1, in the brains of aged mice. ...
Dr. Ana Martin-Villalba, of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, notes that there are ongoing clinical trials of biological inhibitors of Dkk1 for other medical purposes. "The design of inhibitors that reach the brain might enable the prevention of cognitive decline in the aging population and depression in the general population," she says.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130207131511.htm
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