Excitatory signals, are an essential part of working memory. Disrupt them and you affect memory.
In Alzheimer’s Disease a lot of glutamate receptors are down regulated or lost and that disrupts excitatory signals.
You can read more about it in this article “It may be possible to restore memory function in Alzheimer’s, preclinical study finds” on ScienceDaily.com.
The title sounds great but they’ve only tested this in animal models and post-mortem tissue samples from AD patients so it won’t be helping your aunt Sally come back in the near future. But it’s another avenue of attack on this horrible disease – and – it’s more information about how our brains really work (or not).
Kinda makes me wonder how many people out there will be looking into ways to do their own testing on themselves or those they’ve lost but are still living with. Or how many quack schemes will pop-up promoting a false sense of hope.