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Plasma neurofilament light as a potential biomarker of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease.

08:00 EDT 28th July 2018 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Plasma neurofilament light as a potential biomarker of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease."

A growing body of evidence suggests that the plasma concentration of the neurofilament light chain (NfL) might be considered a plasma biomarker for the screening of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD).

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Name: Alzheimer's research & therapy
ISSN: 1758-9193
Pages: 71

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Type III intermediate filament proteins that assemble into neurofilaments, the major cytoskeletal element in nerve axons and dendrites. They consist of three distinct polypeptides, the neurofilament triplet. Types I, II, and IV intermediate filament proteins form other cytoskeletal elements such as keratins and lamins. It appears that the metabolism of neurofilaments is disturbed in Alzheimer's disease, as indicated by the presence of neurofilament epitopes in the neurofibrillary tangles, as well as by the severe reduction of the expression of the gene for the light neurofilament subunit of the neurofilament triplet in brains of Alzheimer's patients. (Can J Neurol Sci 1990 Aug;17(3):302)

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