Researchers have recently discovered that a lack of one naturally occurring protein in humans knowns as MK 2/3 is linked to dementia. The study which was conducted found that the missing protein had a significant correlation with early signs of dementia. They also found that with the absence of the protein it caused the spines of the postsynaptic neurons to change, which restricts their ability to communicate with other neurons.
This creates problems for people who develop early signs of dementia because it makes it more difficult for them to adapt to changes in their daily life. The change in the shape of the neuron and absence of the MK 2/3 protein is also strongly correlated with the inability to acquire new memories.
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