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A Continuous Effort Towards Treatment of SCA3

Written by Dr. Jorge Diogo Da Silva Edited by Dr. David Bushart How one research group assessed whether Rivastigmine, a Parkinson’s Disease drug, might have a role in treating SCA3 Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3), also known as Machado-Joseph disease (MJD), is the most common inherited ataxia worldwide. As with Read More…

Decorative digital drawing of the brain

Snapshot: What is the pons?

Brainstem – the part that connects and acts as a communicator between our brain and our spinal cord. The brainstem itself is composed of midbrain, pons, and medulla oblangata. Even minor injuries or disruptions to this neural communication and this region can have devastating consequences. The pons is a horseshoe-shaped Read More…

Developing therapeutically relevant biomarkers for SCA3

Written by Dr Hannah K Shorrock Edited by Dr Vitaliy V Bondar Measuring levels of polyQ ATXN3 proteins in cerebrospinal fluid and plasma distinguishes SCA3 patients from unaffected individuals For disease-modifying medicines or therapies to be approved for use in the clinic, the treatments must demonstrate success at meeting pre-set 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…

Identifying serotonin receptors as a therapeutic target for SCA3

Written by Dr. Hannah K Shorrock Edited by Dr. Hayley McLoughlin A C. elegans model of SCA3 helps to identify the serotonin receptor agonist befiradol as a potential therapeutic for SCA3 To move toward treatments for ataxia patients, it is important to understand what cellular and molecular pathways are dysfunctional Read More…

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