A new study on Alzheimer's disease has been published by ELTE researchers, and experts at the university have found an explanation for why the disease is more common in women, ELTE's Communications, Marketing and Recruitment Directorate told MTI.
Researchers at the PIT Bioinformatics Group at ELTE have published a new article in the journal PLOS ONE, where Máté Fellner and Bálint Varga, PhD student, led by Professor Vince Grolmusz, discovered that men's hippocampus relationships are more regular than women's, and this recognition may explain why women are more likely to develop disease – read the communication.
As they write, scientists have studied which areas the hippocampus is most often associated with. They looked at up to 4 areas with a frequency of at least 80 percent in the subject's graph and calculated the distribution of these neighbors in the men's and women's graphs. They got that men have many more frequent neighbors in the hippocampus than women.
Perhaps the most studied area of the brain is the hippocampus, shaped like a sea foal, which plays an important role in storing short-term memories and spatial orientation. This area is so important to you many brain researchers deal with the relatively small hippocampus throughout their scientific careers. Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease first affects the hippocampus, so short-term memory impairment is one of the first symptoms.
Brain activities are the result of cooperation between different brain areas, so studying brain relationships is essential. THEz the network of connections between certain neurons in the brain, the human connectome or brain graph has not yet been fully mapped by researchers, mainly because there is no method by which the connection of 80 billion neurons can be discovered – is in the summary.