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Roundworms May Be the Answer to Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers are looking for ways the human brain can mimic the actions of roundworms

The goal is for human brain cells to react the same way roundworms do. If roundworms produce molecular chaperones in their fight against harmful bacteria, then humans have these too. Heat Shock Transcription Factor or HSF1 is the molecular chaperone produced by humans. It functions as a guard against protein damage, and also protects the brain from neurodegenerative diseases. Researchers are looking into how to trigger the human brain to increase its production of HSF1 to battle neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.