Dr. Todd Golde publishes in Oct 2016 Journal of Neurochemistry

Published: November 3rd, 2016

Category: News Updates

Golde TE. Overcoming translational barriers impeding development of Alzheimer’s disease modifying therapies. J Neurochem 2016; 139 Suppl 2:224-236.

Abstract:
It has now been ~ 30 years since the Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research entered what may be termed the ‘molecular era’ that began with the identification of the amyloid β protein (Aβ) as the primary component of amyloid within senile plaques and cerebrovascular amyloid and the microtubule-associated protein tau as the primary component of neurofibrillary tangles in the AD brain. These pivotal discoveries and the subsequent genetic, pathological, and modeling studies supporting pivotal roles for tau and Aβ aggregation and accumulation have provided firm rationale for a new generation of AD therapies designed not to just provide symptomatic benefit, but as disease modifying agents that would slow or even reverse the disease course. Indeed, over the last 20 years numerous therapeutic strategies for disease modification have emerged, been preclinically validated, and advanced through various stages of clinical testing. Unfortunately, no therapy has yet to show significant clinical disease modification. In this review, I describe 10 translational barriers to successful disease modification, highlight current efforts addressing some of these barriers, and discuss how the field could focus future efforts to overcome barriers that are not major foci of current research efforts. Seminal discoveries made over the past 25 years have provided firm rationale for a new generation of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) therapies designed as disease modifying agents that would slow or even reverse the disease course. Unfortunately, no therapy has yet to show significant clinical disease modification. In this review, I describe 10 translational barriers to successful AD disease modification, highlight current efforts addressing some of these barriers, and discuss how the field could focus future efforts to overcome these barriers. This article is part of the 60th Anniversary special issue.

© 2016 International Society for Neurochemistry.

KEYWORDS:  Alzheimer’s Disease; amyloid; biomarkers; prevention; tau; therapeutics