Researchers uncover a potential mechanism behind the propagation of tau

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

A common theme that underlies many neurodegenerative diseases includes the spread of tau protein aggregates. Many studies have suggested that tau can spread via a prion-like manner, however, although the propagation of tau has been studied in depth, the mechanisms underlying its spread still remains unclear. In a study recently published in Nature, researchers have uncovered a potential mechanism that could explain how tau travels from neuron to neuron. The research also hints at a method to control the spread of pathological tau. “The discovery of a mechanism by which tau transits from cell to cell provides a clue that...

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