Rescuing Fruit Flies from Alzheimer’s Disease

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | (215) 349-5658 July 19, 2010

Investigators have found that fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) males -- in which the activity of an Alzheimer’s disease protein is reduced by 50 percent -- show impairments in learning and memory as they age. What’s more, the researchers were able to prevent the age-related deficits by treating the flies with drugs such as lithium, or by genetic manipulations that reduced nerve-cell signaling.

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