Defective axonal transport in motor neuron disease

El-Kadi, Ali Morsi, Soura, Violetta and Hafezparast, Majid (2007) Defective axonal transport in motor neuron disease. Journal of Neuroscience Research, 85 (12). pp. 2557-2566. ISSN 0360-4012

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Several recent studies have highlighted the role of axonal transport in the pathogenesis of motor neuron diseases. Mutations in genes that control microtubule regulation and dynamics have been shown to cause motor neuron degeneration in mice and in a form of human motor neuron disease. In addition, mutations in the molecular motors dynein and kinesins and several proteins associated with the membranes of intracellular vesicles that undergo transport cause motor neuron degeneration in humans and mice. Paradoxically, evidence from studies on the legs at odd angles (Loa) mouse and a transgenic mouse model for human motor neuron disease suggest that partial limitation of the function of dynein may in fact lead to improved axonal transport in the transgenic mouse, leading to delayed disease onset and increased life span.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: From SRO
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Violetta Soura
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:40
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 12:49
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