Aged chimpanzees exhibit pathologic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease


Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a uniquely human brain disorder characterized by the accumulation of amyloid beta protein (Aβ) into extracellular plaques, neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) made from intracellular, abnormally phosphorylated tau, and selective neuronal loss. We analyzed a large group of aged chimpanzees (n = 20, ages 37-62 years) for evidence of Aβ and tau lesions in brain regions affected by AD in humans. Aβ was observed in plaques and blood vessels, and tau lesions were found in the form of pretangles, NFT, and tau-immunoreactive neuritic clusters.📍

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