Aug 28, 2020

A Tailor-Made Molecule That Ties Nerve Connections

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Summary: A newly designed synthetic compound could act as a prototype for a novel class of drugs to treat neurological damage.

Source: DZNE

Researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), UK and Japan have developed a neurologically acting protein and tested it in laboratory studies. In mice, the experimental compound ameliorated symptoms of certain neurological injuries and diseases, while on the microscopic level it was able to establish and repair connections between neurons. This proof-of-principle study suggests that biologics, which act on neuronal connectivity, could be of clinical use in the long term. The results are published in the journal Science.

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