Navigation Links
Tracking proteins behaving badly provides insights for treatments of brain diseases
Date:3/19/2012

A research team led by the University of Melbourne, Australia, has developed a novel technique that tracks diseased proteins behaving badly by forming clusters in brain diseases such as Huntington's and Alzheimer's.

The technique published in Nature Methods today is the first of its kind to rapidly identify and track the location of diseased proteins inside cells and could provide insights into improved treatments for brain diseases and others such as cancer.

Developed by Dr Danny Hatters and his team of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, the technique uses a flow cytometer to track the protein clusters in cells at a rate of 1000s per minute. In addition, cells with clustered proteins can be recovered for further study - neither of which had been possible before.

"Being able to identify locations of diseased proteins in cells enables drugs to be developed to target different stages of disease development," he said.

He said the technique has application to many neurological diseases, which are characterised by formations of proteins clustering such as in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.

"A challenge for researchers has been trying to understand how proteins cluster and cause damage in diseases like Huntington's and Alzheimer's. This is the first approach which could enable us to answer those questions."

"Now we can see how the proteins form clusters inside a cell and can examine which cell functions are being damaged at different steps of the clustering process."

"No drugs at this stage can stop the clustering process in Huntington's disease for example. This sets up platforms to develop drugs that block the formation of clusters," Dr Hatters said.

The technique can also be used to examine how signaling processes occur such as when genes are switched on and off.

"It has application to track events of abnormal gene signaling such as in cancer " Dr Hatters said.

"This technique offers hope in improving treatments for a range of neurological and other conditions," he said.

This work builds on Dr Hatters previous research where he and his team identified the behaviour of diseased Huntington proteins forming into clusters.

The work was done in collaboration with Monash University.


'/>"/>

Contact: Rebecca Scott
rebeccas@unimelb.edu.au
61-383-440-181
University of Melbourne
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. New high definition fiber tracking reveals damage caused by traumatic brain injury, Pitt team finds
2. Tracking genes remote controls
3. Tracking Lyme Disease in Dogs May Help Protect Humans
4. You are what you tweet: Tracking public health trends with Twitter
5. Tracking groundwater pollution to its source
6. Tracking Swine Flu Virus in Pigs Reveals Mutations
7. Tracking down the origin of leukemia relapse
8. Tracking down particulates
9. Tracking PSA Test Results Over Time Gives Clues to Cancer
10. Color-coded tracking method helps scientists analyze outcomes of newly transplanted tissue
11. Life Science Contract Manufacturing Gains Predictable On-Time Production with TraceLink's Production Tracking Solution
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... City was selected as one of few medical professionals in the country to sit ... As Founder of Juvly Aesthetics, in just 2 years Dr. Harper helped propel the ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... Carson Liu of SkyLex Advanced Surgical, Inc. is thrilled to offer the recently ... balloon procedure, and this procedure adds to SkyLex Advanced Surgical’s already comprehensive ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... GA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... With ... to Marshallville, Georgia, in early March. , The seed processing plant opened in Marshallville ... location since 2016. The new office allows opportunity for transition of Patten Seed operations ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Thank you to all who ... 8-10. , This event was exclusive to providers and offered an opportunity to ... took place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt where attendees gathered for a lively discussion ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Bacteria and fungi are probably not the first ingredients that ... fact, including the right microorganisms in your diet can actually improve health outcomes. And the ... This is the topic of a new peer-reviewed paper led by Maria ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... STUTTGART, Germany , March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... provide over 7,000 attendees and more than 600 ... learn, and discover opportunities and solutions that will ... - 6 April 2017 at the Messe Stuttgart, ... is the preeminent medical technology platform showcasing the ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017  A new survey ... found that Medicare,s Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) significantly reduced ... supplies. The lack of choice forces beneficiaries to switch ... dire health consequences. AADE,s survey is ... AADE and others pointing out the inherent problems with ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... NEW YORK , March 27, 2017 FinancialBuzz.com ... According to a ... North America , grew 34 percent to $6.7 billion ... growth rate of (CAGR) over the next five years, from $6.7 billion ... portion of Americans that will be able to purchase cannabis without a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: