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Mutant Proteins Selectively Accumulate In Neurons Affected By Huntington's Disease

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August 14, 2000
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Emory University Health Sciences Center
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Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered that fragments of mutant proteins implicated in the development of Huntington's disease selectively accumulate and form aggregates in the nuclei and the axon terminals of neurons in the brain that are specifically known to be affected by the disease.

Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered that fragments of mutant proteins implicated in the development of Huntington's disease selectively accumulate and form aggregates in the nuclei and the axon terminals of neurons in the brain that are specifically known to be affected by the disease. The finding may help explain why these mutant proteins, although they are widely expressed throughout the body, kill only certain neurons within the striatum and cortex of the brain.


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Emory University Health Sciences Center. (2000, August 14). Mutant Proteins Selectively Accumulate In Neurons Affected By Huntington's Disease. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/08/000803075557.htm
Emory University Health Sciences Center. "Mutant Proteins Selectively Accumulate In Neurons Affected By Huntington's Disease." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/08/000803075557.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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