What are Amyloid Plaques? - Definition & Significance


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Which substance makes up amyloid plaques?

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1. How do beta-amyloids damage the brain?

2. The receptors which have a high affinity for beta-amyloids are called PirB in the mouse brain. What is the human version called?

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What are amyloid plaques? What role do they play in the damage to the brain that can lead to Alzheimer's? These are some of the facts you will need to know when you measure your knowledge with this quiz/worksheet assessment tool.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your ability to do the following will be measured when you use this assessment:

  • Identify the substance that makes up amyloid plaques
  • Explain how beta-amyloids damage the brain
  • Name the human version of PirB, which is found in the brains of mice
  • State which other substance in addition to amyloid plaques is found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients
  • Choose which medication(s) can be used to treat Alzheimer's

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as what amyloid plaques are made up of
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how beta-amyloids can cause damage to the brain and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about medications used to treat Alzheimer's and which additional substance besides amyloid plaques are found in the brains of those who suffer from Alzheimer's

Additional Learning

Stimulate your brain with more information about this topic by using the lesson titled What Are Amyloid Plaques? - Definition & Significance. Things you will learn with this lesson include:

  • Which term is used to describe nerve cells
  • What nerve connections are called
  • What enzyme has increased activity in mice with PirB receptors