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Molecule Seen to Ease Neuronal Damage Caused by Huntington’s Mutation

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center researchers have identified a molecule that might have protective effects against neuronal damage caused by mutant huntingtin, and constitute a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of Huntington’s disease. The study, “Mitochondrial division inhibitor 1 protects against mutant huntingtin-induced abnormal mitochondrial dynamics, synaptic dysfunction…

Huntington’s Researcher Among 2016 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award Winners

The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland, Ohio, recently announced the 2016 recipients of its Harrington Scholar-Innovator Awards, given in support of physician-scientists whose discovery research holds promise in advancing the standard of patient care. Among this year’s winners is Stanley N. Cohen, MD, from Stanford University, who received $700,000…

Huntington’s Gene-inducing Damage Might Have a Control Mechanism

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) researchers have identified a molecule — mitochondrial division inhibitor 1 (Mdivi1) — believed to hold promise as a potential treatment for Huntington’s disease. Mitochondria are specialized organelles in a cell responsible for creating the energy needed by the body to sustain life. An…

Huntingtin Protein’s Mechanisms of Action Seen in Study

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry researchers have shown that the intracellular location of protein aggregates, long suspected to be involved in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington’s, is extremely important to the survival of nerve cells. While location in the nucleus has little influence on cellular function, protein deposits in the…

Mechanism in Purkinje Cell Dysfunction Seen in Huntington’s Disease Identified

Scientists have identified a proteomic pathway, involving the proteins Homer-3 and mTORC1, that is involved in the degeneration of Purkinje cells, a pathogenesis central to Huntington’s disease. The research paper, “Impaired mTORC1-Dependent Expression of Homer-3 Influences SCA1 Pathophysiology,” was published in Neuron. Purkinje cells (PCs) are the principal neurons…

Novel Huntington’s Therapy to Enter Clinical Development

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. — formerly Isis Pharmaceuticals — announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its Orphan Drug Designation application for IONIS-HTTRx as a potential treatment of Huntington’s disease (HD). Ionis’ IONIS-HTTRx is a generation 2.0+ antisense drug developed to treat HD by reducing the production of all forms of the huntingtin…