Reversal of calcium dysregulation as potential approach for treating alzheimer's disease

Elena Popugaeva, Daria Chernyuk, Ilya Bezprozvanny

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Despite decades of research and effort, there is still no effective disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Most of the recent AD clinical trials were targeting amyloid pathway, but all these trials failed. Although amyloid pathology is a hallmark and defining feature of AD, targeting the amyloid pathway has been very challenging due to low efficacy and serious side effects. Alternative approaches or mechanisms for our understanding of the major cause of memory loss in AD need to be considered as potential therapeutic targets. Increasing studies suggest that Ca2+ dysregulation in AD plays an important role in AD pathology and is associated with other AD abnormalities, such as excessive inflammation, increased ROS, impaired autophagy, neurodegeneration, synapse, and cognitive dysfunction. Ca2+ dysregulation in cytosolic space, Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) and mitochondria have been reported in the context of various AD models. Drugs or strategies, to correct the Ca2+ dysregulation in AD, have been demonstrated to be promising as an approach for the treatment of AD in preclinical models. This review will discuss the mechanisms of Ca2+ dysregulation in AD and associated pathology and discuss potential approaches or strategies to develop novel drugs for the treatment of AD by targeting Ca2+ dysregulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-354
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Alzheimer research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Calcium hypothesis
  • Cytosolic space
  • Endoplasmic reticulum (ER)
  • Therapeutic agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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