Author Archives: Malika Ammam, PhD

Disruption of Circadian Clock May Contribute to Behavioral Abnormalities In Huntington’s Disease Patients, Mouse Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, recently investigated the effect of methamphetamine on the circadian clock of a genetically engineered mouse model of Huntington’s disease (HD) and found that the disruption caused behavioral abnormalities in a gene dose- and age-dependent manner. The study, “Progressive gene dose-dependent disruption…

Gene Therapy Approach Reported to Block Mutant Huntington’s Gene in Preclinical Studies

uniQure recently published results from preclinical studies of its gene therapy program, AMT-130, indicating that a one-time administration of AAV5-delivered therapy into the central nervous system can block the mutant HTT gene that causes Huntington’s disease (HD). These findings, in the article “Design, Characterization, and Lead Selection of Therapeutic miRNAs…

Songbirds Could Be Used as Valuable Tool to Study Brain Neurodegeneration, Huntington’s Disease

In a recent paper published in Nature Neuroscience journal entitled “Human mutant huntingtin disrupts vocal learning in transgenic songbirds“, Rockefeller University researchers reported that songbirds could be used as new tool to study Huntington’s disease (HD), providing a more complete understanding of the mechanisms underlying brain neurodegeneration.