Epigenetics of Alzheimer’s disease

September 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Epigenetics of Alzheimer’s Disease

This symposium will review current knowledge on the contribution of epigenetic modifications in the initiation and progress of Alzheimer’s disease with the goal of advancing basic knowledge and identifying new areas for therapeutic interventions.

A recent patent application (1) and a recent journal article that present similar information (2) make it more clear that pheromones and their effect on gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH)-directed levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) are responsible for adult neurogenesis associated with the conditioning of behavior. Unfortunately, there is no evidence in the program information listed in the link above that this recent information will be discussed. It is even more disappointing to me that the information is not typically discussed with regard to the conditioning of behavior associated with olfactory/pheromonal input across a lifetime of experience with food odors and with social odors. Now that some people are looking at applications of what is known about pheromones in anti-aging medicine (including applications associated with neural stem cell transplants) it might benefit even those of us who are aging well to learn more about the involvement of social odors in the normal aging process.

1.         S. Weiss, E. Enwere, L. Andersen, C. Gregg, USPTO, Ed. (2011).

2.         B. W.-M. Lau, S.-Y. Yau, K.-F. So, Cell Transplant 20, 21 (2011).

 

Author: James Kohl