Alzheimer's gene plays role in childhood IQ
The National Institute on Aging acknowledge several causes for Alzheimer's disease, including some genetic factors. One feature of Alzheimer's is a mutation of the gene that encodes amyloid precursor protein (APP), which produces amyloid beta peptides. Amyloid beta forms clusters that build up senile plaques in the brain. Further characteristics and the importance of senile plaques to cognitive functioning are still being researched, however.
A new study - led by Dr. Tetyana Zayats and other researchers from the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Neuropsychiatric Disorders in the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Bergen in Norway - has examined further links between APP and the development of cognitive functions in children.
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Written by Maria Cohut for medicalnewstoday.com