Oleocanthal, a compound in extra-virgin olive oil, may alter the state of a protein involved in Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.
A[beta]-derived diffusible ligands (ADDLs) are small proteins that have been shown to stick to synapses in the nervous system, thereby impairing nerve cell function.
In the study, oleocanthal altered the structure of ADDLs in such a way that they were unable to stick to synapses. However, these results are still preliminary and further research is warranted before conclusions can be made.
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2.Pitt J, Roth W, Lacor P, et al. Alzheimer's-associated Abeta oligomers show altered structure, immunoreactivity and synaptotoxicity with low doses of oleocanthal. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2009 Oct 15;240(2):189-97. View Abstract