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Clearer Way To Treat Huntington's Disease Offered By 2 Proteins
2012-07-11 20:58:47

Pair helps remove and prevent misfolding of proteins that cause neurodegeneration In a paper published in the July 11 online issue of Science Translational Medicine, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified two key regulatory proteins critical to clearing away misfolded proteins that accumulate and cause the progressive, deadly neurodegeneration of Huntington's disease (HD). The findings explain a fundamental aspect of how HD wreaks havoc...

Skin Cells Create Stem Cells In Huntington Disease Study
2012-06-29 09:13:31

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In 1993, the autosomal dominant gene mutation responsible for Huntington´s Disease (HD) was discovered. However, no treatments are known to slow its progression. New research may pave the way to better understanding of the disease. Researchers at Johns Hopkins recently announced that they were able to produce stem cells from skin cells from a person who had severe, early-onset form of HD; the cells were then changed into...

2012-06-29 06:15:57

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Using a human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) from a patient suffering from Huntington´s disease, researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have corrected the genetic mutation that is responsible for the disease. To accomplish this process, researchers took the diseased iPSCs, made the genetic correction, generated neural stem cells, and then transplanted the mutation-free cells into a mouse model of Huntington´s disease where they are...

2012-06-28 22:17:46

Corrected cells are generating normal neurons in mouse model of the disease Researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have corrected the genetic mutation responsible for Huntington's Disease (HD) using a human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) that came from a patient suffering from the incurable, inherited neurodegenerative disorder. Scientists took the diseased iPSCs, made the genetic correction, generated neural stem cells and then transplanted the mutation-free cells...

2012-06-21 06:19:46

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — More than 15,000 Americans have Huntington´s disease, a fatal condition marked by uncontrolled movements and cognitive and psychiatric problems. Currently, there are no available treatments to alter the effects of Huntington´s disease, but a new study brings researchers one step closer to finding one. A new gene-silencing strategy can reverse core symptoms associated with Huntington's disease, according to a preclinical study. The short-term therapy...

2012-06-21 02:21:23

Single treatment produces long-term improvement in animal models With a single drug treatment, researchers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine can silence the mutated gene responsible for Huntington's disease, slowing and partially reversing progression of the fatal neurodegenerative disorder in animal models. Researchers suggest the drug therapy, tested in mouse and non-human primate models, could produce sustained...

2012-06-21 02:19:04

A new gene-silencing strategy can reverse core symptoms associated with Huntington's disease, according to a preclinical study published by Cell Press in the June 21st issue of the journal Neuron. The short-term therapy produced sustained benefits in both mouse and primate animal models of this neurodegenerative disorder, which currently lacks an effective treatment. "Our approach is feasible for development now into a therapy for Huntington's disease in man," says senior study author Don...

2012-06-19 11:23:40

In Huntington's disease, abnormally long strands of glutamine in the huntingtin (Htt) protein, called polyglutamines, cause subtle changes in cellular functions that lead to neurodegeneration and death. Studies have shown that the activation of the heat shock response, a cellular reaction to stress, doesn't work properly in Huntington's disease. In their research to understand the effects of mutant Htt on the master regulator of the heat shock response, HSF1, researchers have discovered that...


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