Study: Alzheimer's plaque may be caused by neural 'poisonous flowers'

Alzheimer's disease has long defied attempts to identify its causes.

Now, a new research in mice reveals that 'poisonous flowers' overflowing with cellular debris might be one feature of the terrible illness and an indication 

The research, lead by Ju-Hyun Lee of NYU Langone, contradicts the long-held concept that amyloid-beta buildup between neurons 

It implies that neurons may be damaged within cells before amyloid plaques develop and cluster in the brain, which might lead to novel treatment options.

"Our data link Alzheimer's neuronal damage to lysosome abnormalities," explains Lee.

One animal study with three human samples won't overturn current hypotheses about Alzheimer's disease

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