APP: A gene for Alzheimer’s
APP (amyloid precursor protein), a gene, is found in chromosome-21. Everyone possesses this gene in their DNA. APP is at first a benign protein that benefits the body. However, when beta or gamma secretase (enzyme) approaches and cuts the APP, the shorter part becomes a malign protein called beta-amyloid (when 40 or more of beta amyloid is accumulated). Beta-amyloid can lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Research shows that a sleep period can clean up the harmful beta-amyloid out of the brain. Also eating foods containing acetylcholine can overcome beta-amyloid plaques.
Side Note: There is another gene called apoe4 which will appear on the next post.