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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Study finds clues to understanding MS

December 30, 2013
By Bradley J. Fikes7:25 P.M.DEC. 30, 2013

Scientists at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have found a possible explanation for the loss of nerve function caused by multiple sclerosis and similar neurodegenerative diseases. The research provides a new approach to finding potential therapies.
A protein called contactin-1 is required to wrap nerves with myelin, a protective sheathing that enables proper function, the scientists found. When myelin is worn away, as in multiple sclerosis, nerves in the brain and spinal cord become damaged and don’t properly transmit sensory and motor signals.
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