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Cell. 2005 Feb 25;120(4):545-55.

Twenty years of the Alzheimer's disease amyloid hypothesis: a genetic perspective.

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  • 1Genetics and Aging Research Unit, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Department of Neurology, Massachussetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, Massachussetts 02129, USA.


From Alois Alzheimer's description of Auguste D.'s brain in 1907 to George Glenner's biochemical dissection of beta-amyloid in 1984, the "amyloid hypothesis" of Alzheimer's disease has continued to gain support over the past two decades, particularly from genetic studies. Here we assess the amyloid hypothesis based on both known and putative Alzheimer's disease genes.

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