Author Archives: Özge Özkaya, PhD

Targeting Astrocyte Brain Cells That Turn Toxic Could Help Treat Huntington’s, Other Diseases

A subtype of brain cells called astrocytes could be contributing to the death of neurons in neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s disease (HD), according to a new study published in the leading scientific journal Nature. This new finding presented in a report titled “Neurotoxic reactive astrocytes are induced by activated microglia” is important because it provides opportunities for scientists to develop new treatment approaches to treat Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.