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Scientists gain insight into motor neurone disease

18 November 2008

Scientists have identified a molecule which could be key to understanding the cause of motor neurone disease (MND) and other neurodegenerative disorders. 

Prof Patricia Salinas

The team, from University College London and King's College London, showed the molecule, Wnt3, plays a key role in establishing connections between nerve cells and the muscles they control. 

Lead researcher Professor Patricia Salinas said: "The work we are publishing today puts an important piece of the puzzle in place and offers up a new possibility for developing drugs to treat MND and other neurodegenerative diseases."

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Prof Patricia Salinas
UCL News
BBSRC News
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Full report in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Image: "The image was obtained from a fluorescence microscope depicting the motor nerve (red) on the light beige background (muscle tissue) and the synapses in green and yellow. The images was obtained from a mouse diaphragm (a muscle that control breathing)." Courtesy of Professor Patricia Salinas

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