Dementia, one of the symptoms of Alzheimers, stems from the neurofibrillary tangles of which form during the development of the disease. The neurofibrillary tangles consist of tau proteins, abnormal clumps within the neurons, and amyloid beta plaques, which form outside the cell and are often accompanied with neuronal death. Both affect neurons that are involved in memory formation, desecrating these...
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(image via) The Tau protein, as it was discussed in the AD Facts and Statistics post, is the chief component of tangles that appear in the Alzheimer's affected brain. It a hallmark brain abnormality of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The Tau protein maintains the structure of a neuron, including the tiny tube-like structures microtubules that deliver nutrients throughout the brain cell...