Can the herpes virus cause Alzheimer’s?

Despite the relatively decent level of modern medicine still the disease to cope with that doctors can’t fully. One of such diseases is Alzheimer’s disease, during which the patient is gradually worsening memory. It is difficult to treat largely because it is detected, typically at rather later stages. Therefore, physicians have long been trying to answer two questions: what Alzheimer’s disease actually appears, and that can provoke its rapid development. New discoveries of scientists are not comforting: they came to the conclusion that a dangerous disease may cause even common herpes virus. Now with no symptoms present, according to various estimates, 90% of the population.

What causes Alzheimer’s disease

A group of researchers from tufts University specifically for this experiment is an independently developed three-dimensional model of nervous tissue. The frame of the collagen gel they populated cells, which further addressed the role of neurons and supporting neural cells. They then infected the cells with HSV in different concentrations: while the maximum was affected all cages, but even at minimum suffered one in five, which is quite a lot, considering that the herpes virus does not belong to a class of viruses with high level of risk.

However, the main discovery scientists have made, using even lower concentration of the virus. Infected neurons are not killed, as suggested by the researchers, and merged with each other forming processes. In addition, the infected cells began to form yarns, which later formed amyloid plaques — they are the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by the accumulation in the brain of the protein beta-amyloid (amyloid plaques). It leads first to neuronal damage and then to their death. So first the patient loses short-term memory and then long-term.

Thus, the herpes virus can be added to the factors that increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. These include older age, obesity, down syndrome and social passivity. The disease is more common in women than in men.

How herpes virus affects the nervous system

The researchers also noticed that if you originally created the model neurons were able to generate and maintain the pulses indicating the proper function of the nervous tissue, once infected with herpes virus number of pulses has decreased three times. Similar degradation of neurons observed in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Until that time, it was believed that herpes virus plays a major role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The virus particle serves as a center around which gather the amyloid plaques, but not enough to read the virus causing the illness. In this experiment, the scientists were able to recreate many of the pathological symptoms with herpes virus, previously found only in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Such characteristics include including cell fusion, and reducing the number of impulses in the nervous tissue. According to scientists, even before 100% say that the herpes virus causes Alzheimer’s, but that between these two ailments are linked, is no longer in doubt. The researchers intend to continue working in this direction, because the immediate cause, which is responsible for the appearance of amyloid plaques in the brain, is still to allocate failed.

Even depression can serve the cause of development of Alzheimer's disease.

The main danger is that if the herpes virus is really causes Alzheimer’s disease, at risk are now from 70% to 90% of the total population of the Earth! From so many people, almost everyone in our Telegram chatthat the herpes virus is in the body, just he is not active. The appearance on the skin of appropriate lesions (e.g., lips) indicates that the virus has become more active. Such people may be more at risk of Contracting not only in old age, but before.

How to cure Alzheimer’s disease

Once the herpes virus can cause the development of the disease, whether the anti-viral drug to ease the symptoms? Scientists have tried to add to your environment the drug valacyclovirused to fight against herpes virus, and it really helped to reduce the extent of threat of the protein in nerve tissue. Later, however, the effect of the drug disappeared — it proves dangerous processes, launches not only the virus itself, but the response of cells to him.