Neuroglobin: Protection Against Alzheimer’s?

ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2010) — A team of scientists at the University of California, Davis and the University of Auckland has discovered that neuroglobin may protect against Alzheimer’s disease by preventing brain neurons from dying in response to natural stress.   Neuroglobin protects cells from stroke damage, amyloid toxicity and injury due to lack of oxygen. Neuroglobin occurs in various regions of the brain and at particularly high levels in neurons.  Recent studies have hinted that neuroglobin protects cells by maintaining the function of mitochondria and regulating the concentration of important chemicals in the cell. However, the exact mechanisms by which neuroglobin protects cells from dying a natural death has, until now, remained unclear.  Click here for more on the research that resulted in these insights.