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Students Aid in Breakthrough Against Dementia

Briotech's collaboration with the University of Washington Bothell’s chemistry department leads to breakthrough against dementia.

University of Washington | Bothell
September 29, 2016

Students Aid in Breakthrough Against Dementia
A University of Washington Bothell chemistry professor and two of her students share in the credit for a potential breakthrough in preventing dementia disorders such as mad cow disease and Alzheimer’s.

They contributed to research published in the journal PLOS Pathogens that found the HOCl or hypochlorous acid produced by the Briotech company of Woodinville destroys prions, the abnormally folded proteins behind many neurological diseases.

Research conducted for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases lab in Hamilton, Montana, confirmed the results in mice.

“The scientists determined that BrioHOCl eliminated all detectible prion seeding activity for CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease), bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease), chronic wasting disease (a disease primarily found in deer, elk and moose) and scrapie (a disease of sheep) in brain homogenates,” NIH said in a media alert.

BrioHOCl™ had similar effects on proteins thought to be toxic in Parkinson ’s disease and Alzheimer’s, NIH said.

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