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MTF1 protein lessens toxicity of mutant HTT, early study finds

Increased levels of the stress response protein MTF1 suppressed the toxic effects of the mutant huntingtin (mHTT) protein — the underlying cause of Huntington’s disease — in cellular and animal models of the neurodegenerative condition, a study showed. Specifically, MTF1 was found to counteract mHTT-associated oxidative stress, a type…

Calcium channel blockers may speed Huntington’s in those at risk

Huntington’s disease could develop at earlier ages in people using calcium channel blockers to control hypertension, a study that looked into genes encoding targets of blood pressure-lowering medications reported. Findings may have important implications for managing high blood pressure in people at risk of Huntington’s, identified before disease…