Alzheimer’s: Copper Transport in Blood Provides Fresh Clues
Faulty regulation of copper levels in tissues plays a major role in a wide range of illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and motor neuron disease. An investigation of molecules that carry copper in the bloodstream has provided new leads for diagnosis and treatment.
The metal copper is crucial for a healthy metabolism, and yet, scientists know surprisingly little about how the body transports it and maintains optimum levels in tissues.
Bonded to protein molecules, copper is a vital component of numerous enzymes that catalyze key metabolic reactions.
“Biochemists have known about the importance ...