Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, accounting for 700000 people in the UK and 25 million people worldwide with dementia1. Already licensed treatments, cholinesterase inhibitors and an NMDA (N-methyl-d-aspartate) receptor antagonist, confer important symptomatic benefits2, but at present, there are no treatments that can delay or halt the disease progression. This review outlines one of the main mechanisms currently thought to underpin the development of AD, and the treatments that are being developed based upon it.
- Alzheimer's disease
- Cholinesterase inhibitors
- β-amyloid plaque
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)