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Current Alzheimer Research


ISSN (Print): 1567-2050
ISSN (Online): 1875-5828

Neurodegeneration and Neurogenesis: Focus on Alzheimers Disease

Author(s): David A. Greenberg and Kunlin Jin

Volume 3 , Issue 1 , 2006

Page: [25 - 28] Pages: 4

DOI: 10.2174/156720506775697106

Price: $65


Neurogenesis, or the production of new neurons from neuronal precursor cells, is a normal phenomenon in the adult brain, and is accentuated by brain injury. Forms of injury associated with increased neurogenesis include both acute (e.g., stroke) and chronic neurodegenerations. Studies on human postmortem material and transgenic mice overexpressing amyloid precursor protein mutations found in familial Alzheimers disease (AD) suggest that AD is associated with enhanced neurogenesis. However, the mechanism responsible for this effect is unknown, as is what influence it may have on the clinical course of murine or human AD. If AD leads to the production of fully functional, mature neurons that can restore brain function, strategies aimed at further increasing endogenous neurogenesis may have therapeutic value.

Keywords: Neurodegeneration, neurogenesis, neuronal precursor cells, stem cells, hippocampus, dentate gyrus

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