Octodon could help cure

This small rodent commonly called octodon , also called disgusted from Chile , often suffers from aging with a disease similar to Alzheimer's .

Understanding this illness and trying to treat it could possibly to help eradicate this terrible neurogenerative disease in humans

Alzheimer's disease, a common disease in France

Alzheimer is a neurodegenerative disease which affects many human beings, but also certain animals. Adrian Palacios of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience at the University of Valparaiso in Chile, and his colleagues, have shown that octodon suffers also of this serious disease

Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia ass ez frequented in France In 2010, it affected 850,000 people aged 75 (1.2% of the population) population). A figure that may seem low but that nevertheless makes it a major public health issue. The earlier the disease is detected, the more it can slow down and try to treat it.

The pathology is characterized by two brain lesions These lesions appear, then spread progressively in the brain and then manifest the first symptoms. Are these lesions the cause of neuron degeneration or are they other factors? It is not known yet, but the octodon with a similar disease may help researchers understand.

Octodons with Alzheimer's, a hope for healing

Octodons ( Octodons degus ) develop a disease close to Alzheimer's. It is sporadic and has no genetic modification . It is as they age that the small rodent also contracts the disease. Senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles accumulate in their brains, identical to humans.

Studying sporadic Alzheimer's disease in this small animal and observing its different stages would make it possible to No therapies to cure these small animals. If these therapies are successful and cure rodents, then they may cure humans.

Octodon, a symbol of hope against Alzheimer's?