American scientists from the Cleveland Clinic have identified a mechanism by which coronavirus infection can have long-term effects on brain function.
Experts using artificial intelligence have studied the data of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and COVID-19.
Scientists measured the closeness between genes and proteins from SARS-CoV-2 patients and genes and proteins associated with several neurological diseases.
They also analyzed the genetic factors that allowed the coronavirus to infect brain tissues and cells.
Researchers have discovered “ways in which COVID-19 can lead to dementia similar to Alzheimer’s.”
Experts have studied the potential associations between COVID-19 and neuroinflammation, as well as damage to the microvessels of the brain, which are signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
They found that SARS-CoV-2 infection significantly altered the markers of Alzheimer’s disease involved in brain inflammation.
It also turned out that the ApoE4 gene, which increases the risk of blue dementia, also increases a person’s susceptibility to coronavirus.