Alzheimer’s and IL 33: Boosting the immune system
Interleukin 33 (IL 33) is a protein that the body produces naturally to help combat infection and disease. Healthy adults have more IL 33 in their brains than adults with Alzheimer’s, so researchers wanted to figure out if IL 33 could help treat symptoms of the disease. Essentially, they wanted to boost the immune system by injecting IL 33 to see if toxic proteins could be cleared from the brain.
Researchers worked with mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease, and after injections of IL 33, cognitive function and memory improved within a week! Human studies should begin soon, and hopefully this approach will also help human patients with Alzheimer’s. Read more about it here.