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Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a characteristically on-going deterioration of cognitive functions of those
affected by it. Alzheimer Disease is significantly enhanced in those having the age of sixty five
or greater, having an on-going deterioration in their functional memory, reasoning, cognition,
language-comprehension as well as the capacity to learn. Alzheimer’s disease needs
differentiation from usual age dependent deterioration of functions of cognition, which ensues
gradually & has association to lower levels of disability. This disorder mostly commences with
milder signs & culminates in massive damaging of the brain. Patients of dementia face a loss of
their mental abilities at varying levels (Gross 2012)
The patho-physiology of Alzheimer’s disease is linked with insult to and demise of nerve cells,
starting within the area of the brain called hippocampus. Hippocampus deals with the function of
memory as well as learning. Later on, the atrophic process spreads to whole of the brain (Shaffer
2013). The chemical basis of the disease is that Amyloid-beta, abbreviated as Aβ, is a small
peptide which is the aberrant proteolytic by-product of a trans-membrane protein amyloid
precursor protein. Function of this precursor protein is vague and not very well known but it is
hypothesized in being involved in the development of neurons. monomers being able to
dissolve & containing small areas of beta-sheet at substantially greater concentration get
transitioned into a charismatic configurational change to make a beta-sheet enriched tertiary
structure which comes together to establish the amyloid-fibrils. The fibrils are deposited external
to the nerve cells in condensed structures called senile-plaques or alternatively neuritic-plaques,
in aggregated plaques of lesser density as diffuse-plaques & occasionally within the walls of

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smaller blood channels within brain through a process termed as amyloid-angiopathy. In
Alzheimer disease abnormal aggregation of the tau protein, a microtubule-associated protein
expressed in neurons is also observed (Goedert & Klug 2006)
The processes which involves the generation of senile-plaques & neuro-fibrillary tangles are yet
to be discovered. Senile-plaques as well as neuro-fibrillary tangles prompt the insult to as well as
death of the nerve cells & resultantly memory-loss & behavioral symptoms variations occur..
The unusual and aberrant discharge of neuro-transmitters like glutamate adds to nerve cell
necrosis as well as inflammation (Revett 2013)
Inflammation in the nervous system is believed to have a role in the complicated chains of events
contributing to the Alzheimer’s disease. Much of the pathologic as well as practice research
establishes the immunological transitions linked to the Alzheimer’s disease which includes the
enhanced proinflammatory cytokine blood levels as well as those in the Cerebro-spinal fluid
(Mattson 2008)
The transmission of Alzheimer’ disease is dependent upon multiple factors. These include age,
genetics and environment. Genetically identified forms of Alzheimer disease, which usually have
an onset before the age of 65, have been identified and account for 0.1% of disease cases
(Blennow 2006)
References
Blennow K, de Leon MJ, Zetterberg H. (2006);368(9533):387403

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Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer’s disease is a characteristically on-going deterioration of cognitive functions of those affected by it. Alzheimer Disease is significantly enhanced in those having the age of sixty five or greater, having an on-going deterioration in their functional memory, reasoning, cognition, language-comprehension as well as the capacity to learn. Alzheimer’s disease needs differentiation from usual age dependent deterioration of functions of cognition, which ensues gradually & has association to lower levels of disability. This disorder mostly commences with milder signs & culminates in massive damaging of the brain. Patients of dementia face a loss of their mental abilities at varying levels (Gross 2012) The patho-physiology of Alzheimer’s disease is linked with insult to and demise of nerve cells, starting within the area of the brain called hippocampus. Hipp ...
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