News tagged with mutant protein

Toxic proteins damage nerve cells

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne and University College London have now unearthed the way in which a specific genetic mutation leads to neuronal damage in two serious ...

Aug 12, 2014
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Aging brains need 'chaperone' proteins

(Medical Xpress)—The word "chaperone" refers to an adult who keeps teenagers from acting up at a dance or overnight trip. It also describes a type of protein that can guard the brain against its own troublemakers: ...

Jan 30, 2014
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Decoding Rett syndrome: New pieces to the puzzle

(Medical Xpress)—Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects about 1 in 10,000 girls. Back in 1992, University of Edinburgh researcher Adrian Bird discovered that the protein, MeCP2, plays a major ...

Jun 17, 2013
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A trigger for muscular diseases

A University of Arizona doctoral candidate has shown for the first time that genetic mutations in the titin gene can cause skeletal muscle myopathy, a disease in which muscle fibers do not function properly, ...

Jan 27, 2014
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