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A team of scientists has found that an experimental drug candidate designed to combat Alzheimer's disease has a number of unexpected anti-aging effects in animals.
Researchers at the Salk Institute expanded their previous development of a drug candidate, called J147, who takes a different approach by targeting the major Alzheimer's risk factor: old age. In the new work, the team showed that when mice were treated with J147, they had better memory and cognition, healthier blood vessels in the brain, as well as other improved physiological characteristics.
At first, the impetus was to test this drug in a new animal model that was more similar to 99 percent of Alzheimer's cases, says lead author Antonio Currais, adding that J147 made the old mice look young, relying on a series Of physiological parameters. Researcher David Schubert said that if it is shown to be safe and effective for Alzheimer's, the apparent anti-aging effect of J147 would be a welcome benefit. The team plans to start trials in humans next year.
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