Neurons play an important role in our everyday life. They are responsible for delivering signals from the brain to the whole body to help with its functions. However, many different diseases and disorders are formed due to issues in the neuron cells. These diseases tend to be very mysterious as scientist are yet to know what causes such disorders.
A very common genetics disease that affects children is the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. It has not yet been understood why It occurs and which mineral in the body causes this change in cells. However, a recent conduct by a team of researchers from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital were able to find a clue to solve the riddle. Their findings indicate causes for the disease and follows with different solutions and treatments.
This is considered a breakthrough as ALS is actually a deadly disease for children. The findings and results will be published in the Molecular Cell journal. This study was led by a PhD holder and a member of the St. Jude Department of Structural Biology, Dr. Richard Kriwacki. He was satisfied with the findings saying, “We have identified the protein, nucleophosmin, as a site of DPR toxicity. We also show that DPR toxicity is exquisitely length dependent. In the future, DPR length may have prognostic value for people with a diagnosis of ALS.”
More research will be conducted to help validate their findings and start working on treatments for the broken gene.