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Snapshot: What is the grip strength test?

Many daily tasks, such as writing or buttoning a shirt, require fine motor skills. One aspect of fine motor skills is muscle strength. In order to write, for example, you need to grip the pencil with the appropriate amount of force. Ataxia can involve a loss of control over fine Read More…

Spotlight: The Shakkottai Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Vikram Shakkottai, MD, PhD Location: UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA Year Founded: 2010 What disease areas do you research? SCA1 SCA2 SCA3 SCA6 SCA7 What models and techniques do you use? Mouse Models Microscopy Patch-clamp electrophysiology In vivo electrophysiology Next-generation sequencing approaches (RNA-seq) Research Focus What is your Read More…

Dieta rica em Creatina atrasa a SCA3 em camundongos

Escrito por Dr. Lauren R. Moore Editado por Dr.Larissa Nitschke. Inicialmente publicado em 5 de julho de 2019. Traduzido para o português por Ana Carolina Martins. A creatina, um suplemento alimentar comum tomado por atletas, atrasa sintomas e melhora o equilíbrio e força em camundongos com SCA3. Poderia um suplemento Read More…

Snapshot: What is DNA Sequencing?

Most things about you are written in your genes: from the colour of your eyes, whether you are lactose intolerant, to if you have a higher chance of getting certain diseases. You may have heard of the popular ancestry DNA testing service that tells if you are part Chinese, part Read More…

Snapshot: What is the Pole Test?

The pole test is a common and straightforward test to assess motor coordination in mice. While ataxia might be easy to see in patients, it is not always as apparent in ataxia mouse models. Therefore, this fast and simple test is important for researchers to measure disease severity. It is Read More…

Identificación de moléculas aprobadas por la FDA para tratar SCA6

Escrito por la Dra. Hannah Shorrock Editado por la Dra. Larissa Nitschke. Publicado inicialmente en el 7 de mayo de 2021. Traducción al español fueron hechas por FEDAES y Carlos Barba. Pastor y sus colegas identifican pequeñas moléculas aprobadas por la FDA que reducen selectivamente la proteína tóxica expandida con poliglutamina Read More…

Terapia génica lentiviral en ratones SCA3: Seguridad a largo plazo

Escrito por la Dra. Ambika Tewari Editado por la Dra. Hayley McLoughlin. Publicado inicialmente en el 6 de agosto de 2021. Traducción al español fueron hechas por FEDAES. La expresión lentiviral de un ARNhc contra ataxina-3 fue bien tolerada y no produjo efectos adversos medibles en ratones de tipo salvaje. La Read More…

“Expanding” the therapeutic promise for SCA1

Written by Dr. Judit M Perez Ortiz Edited by Dr. Maria do Carmo Costa A druggable target in Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 1 (SCA1) shows promise in treating cerebellar and non-cerebellar aspects of disease. Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is a neurodegenerative disease that typically starts with coordination difficulties (ataxia) in Read More…

Spotlight: The Cvetanovic Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Marija Cvetanovic Location: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA Year Founded:  2012 What disease areas do you research? SCA1 What models and techniques do you use? Mouse models Human stem cells Microscopy RNA Sequencing Research Focus What is your research about? The human brain is made up of many different Read More…

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