Alzheimer’s vaccine works for mice

A vaccine that slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in mice has been developed by researchers at Sydney University.

The vaccine targets a protein known as tau. It prevents the ongoing formation of neurofibrillary tangles in the brain of a mouse with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Our study is the first to show that a vaccine targeting the tau protein can be effective once the disease has already set in,” said lead author on the study Associate Professor Lars Ittner. “The vaccine appears to have a preventative effect.”

“Although we have a long way to go before the vaccine might be available for human use, these early results are very promising.”

The research is published in the journal PLoS ONE.

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