ALS breakthrough 'provides treatment target'

Posted on 22 August 2011

Scientists have had a breakthrough when researching amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease - which could help those paying for care due to the condition.

The study, published in journal Nature, revealed a common target for drug therapy showing that all types of ALS are part of a common process.

According to researchers, this discovery could also have implications for neurodegenerative diseases, specifically dementias.

Senior author Teepu Siddique said: "This opens up a whole new field for finding an effective treatment for ALS.

"We can now test for drugs that would regulate this protein pathway or optimise it, so it functions as it should in a normal state."

In other news, research have developed a new model of ALS which they believe could lead to progress in the field, according to a study published in journal Nature Biotechnology.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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