Clusterin: Hints Of New Hope For Aging And Alzheimer’s

This story is part 9 of an occasional series on the current progression in Regenerative Medicine. In 1999, I defined regenerative medicine as the collection of interventions that restore to normal function tissues and organs that have been damaged by disease, injured by trauma, or worn by time. I include a full spectrum of chemical, gene, and protein-based medicines, cell-based therapies, and biomechanical interventions that achieve that goal.

A recent study led by researchers at Stanford School of Medicine has discovered that blood transfusions from highly active mice into same-aged, sedentary mice boosted brain function in the sedentary recipients. This discovery may mark a significant step in uncovering effective treatments to slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

It is known that exercise has a myriad of benefits, particularly when it comes to slowing cognitive aging and limiting the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Past studies have shown that the progression of neurodegenerative diseases is linked to inflammation of the brain and that exercise can reduce this inflammation. This study demonstrates that the positive effects of exercise on the brain may be transferable to individuals who are not as active through simple blood plasma transfusions.

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