They are studying the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease with cellular connections – Society

Miguel Alvarez

The revolution in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and many other age-related diseases will come in the coming decades and will do so in part thanks to the proteins responsible for cell connections, which could also increase the effectiveness of cancer therapies. .

The city of A Coruña hosts, for the first time in Spain, the international congress on cellular communications “International Gap Junction Conference 2022”, an event that has been held since 1974 and brings together some two hundred researchers.

María Mayán (Porto do Son, A Coruña, 1977) works at the Biomedical Research Institute of La Coruña (INIBIC), is part of the organizing committee and works in a pioneering team at the international level in connections through proteins of channel, called connexins and pannexins.

He explains to Efe that these proteins “form channels on the surface of cells which allow communication both between the cells themselves in contact and with their environment”, they are therefore essential for the functioning of organs and tissues. .

He illustrates this with the functioning of the heart, where they transmit the cardiac impulse, and of neurons, where they are keys to send information, which was crucial for his discovery decades ago.

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