Monoclonal antibodies may prevent CTE

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Kun Ping Lu, MD, PhD and his research team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical school have connected the development of CTE with high levels of cis P-tau, a protein associated with the plaques seen in CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). The build-up is seen as early as 12 hours to 2 months after the injury and spreading from the cortex to the hypothalmus over time. The research team found that a monoclonal anti-body was effective to reducing cis P-tau levels in the mouse study they conducted. If the monoclonal antibody therapy can prevent cis P-tau in humans it may go a long way to dealing with neurodegenerative problems associated with brain injury like CTE and Alzheimers Disease.

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