Navigation Links
Berkeley Lab scientists help develop promising therapy for Huntington's disease
Date:11/1/2012

There's new hope in the fight against Huntington's disease. A group of researchers that includes scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have designed a compound that suppresses symptoms of the devastating disease in mice.

The compound is a synthetic antioxidant that targets mitochondria, an organelle within cells that serves as a cell's power plant. Oxidative damage to mitochondria is implicated in many neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's.

The scientists administered the synthetic antioxidant, called XJB-5-131, to mice that have a genetic mutation that triggers Huntington's disease. The compound improved mitochondrial function and enhanced the survival of neurons. It also inhibited weight loss and stopped the decline of motor skills, among other benefits. In short, the Huntington's mice looked and behaved like normal mice.

Based on their findings, the scientists believe that XJB-5-131 is a promising therapeutic compound that deserves further investigation as a way to fight neurodegenerative diseases.

They report their research in a paper that appears online Nov. 1 in the journal Cell Reports.

"The compound was very successful. More research is needed, but it has the real potential to make an impact in treating neurodegenerative disorders," says Cynthia McMurray of Berkeley Lab's Life Sciences Division. She conducted the research with other Berkeley Lab researchers, including Zhiyin Xun, and scientists from the University of Pittsburgh.

Huntington's disease is a genetic disorder in which neurons in certain parts of the brain waste away. Symptoms of the disease typically appear in mid-life. These include loss of muscle coordination and cognitive decline. There is no cure. Currently, patients are prescribed antidepressants or compounds that reduce the loss of motor coordination, neither of which
'/>"/>

Contact: Dan Krotz
dakrotz@lbl.gov
510-486-4019
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Berkeley Lab scientists generate electricity from viruses
2. Berkeley Lab scientists help define the healthy human microbiome
3. Waves of Berkeley Lab responders deploy omics to track Deepwater Horizon cleanup microbes
4. UC Berkeley chemists installing first carbon dioxide sensor network in Oakland
5. UC Berkeley survey shows college campuses can make good bird havens
6. Stanford scientists develop gene therapy approach to grow blood vessels in ischemic limbs
7. Queens scientists seek vaccine for Pseudomonas infection
8. Scientists produce eye structures from human blood-derived stem cells
9. American Society of Plant Biologists honors early career women scientists
10. Brandeis scientists win prestigious prize for circadian rhythms research
11. Scientists discover new method of proton transfer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Berkeley Lab scientists help develop promising therapy for Huntington's disease
(Date:3/20/2015)... --Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rswjb4/hand_geometry ) has announced ... Business Report" report to their offering. This ... Thousands. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, ... Europe , Asia-Pacific , ... Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the ...
(Date:3/19/2015)... March 19, 2015  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ... on the growing mobile commerce market, announces its biometric payment ... clip that aired this week on Washington DC,s ... In a segment "The Next Great Thing", host ... way to pay, and ,a really big breakthrough in mobile ...
(Date:3/17/2015)... March 17, 2015 Emotient, the leader ... today announced general availability of Emotient Analytics ... the analysis of facial expressions. The system analyzes ... content, products and services. It delivers audience response ... sentiment - as derived from facial evidence of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Hand Geometry - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: An Essential Security Component for both Government & Enterprise Sector 2Hand Geometry - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: An Essential Security Component for both Government & Enterprise Sector 3Hand Geometry - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: An Essential Security Component for both Government & Enterprise Sector 4NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Featured on Fox News Segment, "The Next Great Thing" 2NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Featured on Fox News Segment, "The Next Great Thing" 3New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 2New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 3New Emotient Web Service Measures Audience Response Using On-Demand Facial Expression Analysis 4
... Fluctuations in penguin populations in the Antarctic are linked more ... to changes in their habitats, according to a new study ... Academy of Sciences . Funded in part by the Lenfest ... "winners" of changing conditions, such as large-scale ice melting, may ...
... NEW YORK (April 11, 2011) -- Weill Cornell Medical ... Surgeons have announced that The Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. ... awarded to The Rockefeller University,s Dr. Fernando Nottebohm for ... the discovery of neuronal replacement. Dr. Nottebohm is ...
... FINDINGS: Certain differentiated cells in breast tissue can spontaneously ... researchers. Until now, scientific dogma has stated that differentiation ... return to the flexible stem-cell state on their own. ... well as for breast cancer cells. RELEVANCE: ...
Cached Biology News:Penguins that shun ice still lose big from a warming climate 2Sackler Prize awarded to pioneering neuroscientist 2Sackler Prize awarded to pioneering neuroscientist 3Scientists identify a surprising new source of cancer stem cells 2Scientists identify a surprising new source of cancer stem cells 3
(Date:4/23/2015)... Florida (PRWEB) April 23, 2015 ... it intends to conduct a groundbreaking pilot study ... to be reversed in as little as three ... science of metabolic and nutritional medicine—will aggressively target ... cripple and destroy our aging brain. These include ...
(Date:4/23/2015)... , April 23, 2015 BioTE Medical ... his book "Age Healthier Live Happier - Avoiding Over-Medication ... the Age Management Medicine Group Conference at JW Marriott ... 2015. ",Age Healthier Live Happier, is a ... avoid over-medication and searching for a higher quality of ...
(Date:4/23/2015)... April 23, 2015  Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... its first quarter 2015 results before the Nasdaq market ... host a live conference call and webcast to discuss its ... April 30, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (5:00 ... live conference call by dialing 866-952-1906 (US) or 785-424-1825 ...
(Date:4/23/2015)... 23, 2015 Follow us ... a series of genetic tests that determine individual ... Gehrig's disease, Huntington's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Predictive ... composition and interaction in diseased tissue/cells to understand ... as the response to treatment, such as in ...
Breaking Biology Technology:New Study Looks to Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease 2New Study Looks to Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease 3Release and Book Signing of BioTE Medical President Gary Donovitz M.D. 'Age Healthier Live Happier' at Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG) Conference 2Release and Book Signing of BioTE Medical President Gary Donovitz M.D. 'Age Healthier Live Happier' at Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG) Conference 3Neurocrine Biosciences Announces Conference Call and Webcast to Report First Quarter 2015 Results 2Increasing Disease Prevalence & Focus on Preventive Healthcare Drive the Predictive Diagnostics Market, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 2Increasing Disease Prevalence & Focus on Preventive Healthcare Drive the Predictive Diagnostics Market, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 3
... 28 Boston,Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) ... that Boston Scientific has completed its acquisition of ... April 16.,Under the terms of the transaction, all ... per share in cash, for a total of,approximately ...
... N.J., May 28 National Stem Cell,Holding, Inc. (OTC: ... steps to,change its name to Proteonomix, Inc. The change ... Michael Cohen, President/CEO, stated: "Our new name reflects the ... development stage and,commencing the commercialization of our technologies. These ...
... Provides Additional Global Corporate Finance, Management and ... Manufacturing ... (TSX: NVN) announced today the appointment of Gordon H.,Busenbark to ... chief financial officer of Xytis Pharmaceuticals, a privately,held development-stage specialty ...
Cached Biology Technology:Boston Scientific Completes Acquisition of CryoCor 2Boston Scientific Completes Acquisition of CryoCor 3National Stem Cell Holding, Inc. Announces the Change of Its Name to Proteonomix, Inc. 2National Stem Cell Holding, Inc. Announces the Change of Its Name to Proteonomix, Inc. 3Nventa Appoints Gordon H. Busenbark to Board of Directors 2
...
...
Immunogen: Recombinant rabbit tryptophan hydroxylase, isolated as inclusion bodies from E. coli and purified by preparative SDS-PAGE. Storage: -20 C, Avoid Freeze/Thaw Cycles...
Src cDNA Expression Kit (wild type)...
Biology Products: