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Protein With ‘Switch’ Sensitive to Clumping May Aid in Treating Disease

A chaperone protein called DnaJB8 has an internal molecular “switch” that likely regulates how cells dispose of protein aggregates, like those that cause Huntington’s disease. These findings were detailed in the study “Regulatory inter-domain interactions influence Hsp70 recruitment to the DnaJB8 chaperone,” published in Nature Communications. Huntington’s is…

Consortium Will Promote Stem Cell Therapies

A new international consortium, Stem Cells for Huntington’s Disease (SC4HD), has been formed to help facilitate the development of stem cell-based therapies to treat the disorder. The consortium was presented in the Journal of Huntington’s Disease, in the paper, “Stem Cells for Huntington’s Disease (SC4HD): An International…

Anima Biotech, Takeda Team Up to Develop Small Molecule Treatments

Anima Biotech has partnered with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to develop small molecules that control mRNA translation — the process by which the information encoded in a person’s DNA is “translated” into a protein — as potential therapies for neurological disorders with a genetic cause, including Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s…

Mutant Huntingtin Slows Cells’ Protein-Building Machinery, Study Finds

Stalled protein-building may underlie Huntington’s disease, according to data from a recent study. The findings showed that the mutated huntingtin protein, which is at the heart of the disorder, slows down ribosomes, the small cell machinery structures responsible for building new proteins. According to investigators, knowing this and understanding…

Project Seeks Contributors to Depict Life With Huntington’s

An alliance of Huntington’s disease (HD) organizations in the U.K. is calling for patient contributions to a project that intends to show the world what it’s like to live with the neurodegenerative disorder. Through the end of May, the “living history” project is collecting photos, poems, or other works…