Potential Alzheimer's Genetic Link Identified

December 10, 2019

 

Investigators at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have identified a gene which they believe could raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers believe a gene named Mucin 6 could place a role in the development of late onset Alzheimer’s – the most common variant of the condition that currently affects an estimated 5.8 million individuals in the United States alone.

 

Dr. Yuriko Katsumata, assistant professor of Biostatistics, is the first author of  “Alzheimer Disease Pathology-Associated Polymorphism in a Complex Variable Number of Tandem Repeat Region Within the MUC6 Gene, Near the AP2A2 Gene” Co-authors include Dr. David Fardo, professor of Biostatistics, and Dr. Erin Abner, associate professor of Epidemiology. Dr. Peter Nelson, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, is the corresponding author.

 

The paper has received extensive news coverage, including this article in Newsweek.