Topics: Pharmacology, Research
Lamivudin, originally created for the treatment of HIV, can reverse the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other ailments, reports The Daily Mail. It is also used in the treatment of hepatitis B. Experiments with human cells and live rodents have shown that the remedy significantly reduced the level of inflammation associated with aging.
And in theory, the drug can relieve not only of Alzheimer's disease, but also prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration. As part of the experiment, lamivudine was given to old rodents. And in two weeks, a positive effect was manifested in terms of reducing inflammation. And for six months, the rodents stopped the loss of adipose and muscle tissue, as well as scarring of the kidneys.
Employees of Brown University emphasize: as they age, people become predisposed to inflammatory processes. The tool works by blocking genetic elements known as retrotransposons. They are responsible for the small changes in DNA that cause diseases. What is important, retrotransposons are present in all types of tissue. Consequently, lamivudine has every chance of becoming a universal remedy against age-related ailments.