Ancient worm reveals way to destroy toxic proteins in Huntington’s disease
Research led by the Monash BDI's Associate Professor Roger Pocock has identified a highly conserved mechanism in worms and humans that controls the removal of toxic protein aggregates, hallmarks of neurodegenerative diseases. The team found that microRNAs are important in controlling protein aggregates, proteins that have amassed due to a malfunction in the process of ‘folding’ that determines their shape. Insights from their study, recently published in eLIFE, may provide a novel therapeutic approach for diseases such as Huntington's and Parkinson's. Read more.
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