The Evolution of Beta Amyloid Cleaving Enzyme (BACE1): an Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Target

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Plaque formation in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is seeded by excision products of Amyloid precursor protein (APP) generated by the combined activities of beta and gamma secretases. To reduce the production of these neurotoxic peptides the inhibition of beta-secretase (Beta-site APP Cleaving Enzyme, BACE1, Swiss-Prot P56817) is being intensively pursued as a possible therapy for AD and all drug candidates are screened for selectivity against the paralogue (BACE2, Swiss-Prot Q9Y5Z0) which...

Drug Discovery for Alzheimer's Disease

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Gregory Rose from PharmExperts.com interviews J. Buccafusco (Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA) about his development of new anti-Altzheimer drugs, designed to act by multiple mechanisms to improve congnition. Desensitization of nicotinic receptors is one of the novel approaches proposed by Buccafusco. Three of his compounds are currently in advanced preclinical evaluation.