Navigation Links
Important role for the cerebellum
Date:3/18/2011

The team of Prof. Dr. Stefan Herlitze, the Chair of the Department of Zoology and Neurobiology at RUB, showed that the diseases broke out in mice if, a week after birth, they eliminated a particular protein in the cerebellum which regulates the influx of ions into nerve cells. "It's the first time that we have gained an insight into the origin of these diseases" said Prof. Herlitze. "We can now start conducting research to develop new therapeutic approaches."

Defective calcium channels as a cause of disease

Various forms of epilepsy, coordination disturbances (ataxias) and migraines are caused by mutations in the so-called P/Q-type calcium channel that controls the influx of calcium ions into the nerve cells of the brain. Dr. Melanie Mark from Prof. Herlitze's team developed an animal model in which this calcium channel could be deactivated at any time in a brain region of choice. The researchers focused on specific cells in the cerebellum (Purkinje cells) that coordinate the movements of the body. "The calcium channel is actually present throughout the entire brain", explains Dr. Mark. "It is the first time that we have been able to show that the diseases can be triggered by dysfunctional signal processing originating in the cerebellum."

Through cooperation to a new therapy

With the aid of the new mouse model, the so-called Purky mouse, Prof. Herlitze's team is now investigating the molecular basis of the diseases caused by changes in the P/Q-type calcium channel, in order to develop new therapeutic approaches. In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Timmann-Braun of the University Clinic in Essen and Prof. Dr. Klockgether of the University Clinic in Bonn, Bochum's neuroscientists want to compare their studies in the mouse model with results from patient studies. "We especially hope to help children suffering from absence epilepsy, i.e. epilepsy associated with a disturbance of consciousness", says Prof. Herlitze.


'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Stefan Herlitze
stefan.herlitze@rub.de
49-023-432-24363
Ruhr-University Bochum
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Scripps Research team discovers new details about medically important protein family
2. Notre Dame research offers important clues about grasshopper population explosions
3. Uterine health more important than egg quality
4. An important breakthrough by IRCM researchers in hematopoiesis and the development of B cells
5. Process leading to protein diversity in cells important for proper neuron firing
6. A discovery could be important for the therapy of lymphoma and leukemia
7. Is the shape of a genome as important as its content?
8. Scientists reveal important clues to how bacteria and viruses are identified as enemies
9. ‘Scientific leaders of the future’ gear up for important talks on Capitol Hill
10. U of Alberta researchers discover important mechanism in fighting infection
11. Sensor important to understanding root, seedling development
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/14/2017)...  IBM (NYSE: IBM ) is introducing several innovative ... to developing collaboration between startups and global businesses, taking place ... the event, nine startups will showcase the solutions they have ... France is one ... a 30 percent increase in the number of startups created ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... TEANECK, N.J. , May 16, 2017  Veratad ... leading provider of online age and identity verification solutions, ... the K(NO)W Identity Conference 2017, May 15 thru May ... Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. ... across the globe and in today,s quickly evolving digital ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... SINGAPORE , May 5, 2017 ... has just announced a new breakthrough in biometric ... that exploits quantum mechanical properties to perform ... new smart semiconductor material created by Ram Group ... across finance, entertainment, transportation, supply chains and security. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , Oct. 11, 2017  VMS BioMarketing, a ... of a nationwide oncology Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) network, which ... growing need for communication among health care professionals to enhance ... physicians, nurses, office staff, and other health care professionals to ... for breast cancer. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... and pregnancy rates in frozen and fresh in vitro fertilization (IVF) ... maternal age to IVF success. , After comparing the results from the fresh ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... ... ... Inc., a development-stage cancer-focused pharmaceutical company advancing targeted antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) therapeutics, ... uses of targeted HPLN (Hybrid Polymerized Liposomal Nanoparticle), a technology developed in ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... firm Parks Associates announced today that Tom Kerber , ... Meeting , October 11 in Scottsdale, Arizona . Kerber ... smart safety and security products impact the competitive landscape. ... Parks Associates: Smart Home Devices: Main Purchase Driver ... "The residential security market has experienced continued growth, and the introduction ...
Breaking Biology Technology: