Human Leukocyte Antigens
The missing link in Alzheimer's disease etiology
Alzheimer's disease is a huge socioeconomic burden in developed countries. Recently, viral infections such as the herpes virus have been implicated in Alzheimer's disease risk. However, it is unclear what the link between the two is. Professor Lisa M. James of the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with Dr Apostolos Georgopoulos and Dr Spyros Charonis, has utilised computational biology to implicate the Human Leukocyte Antigens as the missing piece of the puzzle.