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Protein Found In Brain Cells May Shed New Light On The Cause Of Dystonia

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May 14, 2001
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Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have identified a new protein in brain cells that may help to regulate muscle control and movement. The protein, called torsinB, is closely related to torsinA – a protein that in its defective form – has been linked to the development of early-onset dystonia, a neurologic disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms and twisting of the limbs.

LOS ANGELES (Embargoed Until May 10, 2001, 3 p.m. EDT) -- Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have identified a new protein in brain cells that may help to regulate muscle control and movement. The protein, called torsinB, is closely related to torsinA – a protein that in its defective form – has been linked to the development of early-onset dystonia, a neurologic disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms and twisting of the limbs. The finding, reported at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, may bring researchers one step closer to understanding how dystonia occurs, ultimately enabling them to develop new therapies to treat the disease.


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