Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Can Tomatoes Carry The Cure For Alzheimer's?


I am not a fan of the vaccine approach. Nevertheless, this does look interesting.
clipped from www.biologynews.net
The humble tomato could be a suitable carrier for an oral vaccine against Alzheimer's disease

Kim and colleagues' aim was to develop a plant-derived vaccine against Alzheimer's disease, since beta-amyloid is toxic to animal cells. Tomatoes are an attractive candidate as a vaccine carrier because they can be eaten without heat treatment, which reduces the risk of destroying the immune stimulation potential of the foreign protein. The researchers inserted the beta-amyloid gene into the tomato genome and measured the immune responses to the tomato-derived toxic protein in a group of 15-month-old mice.


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