Towards preventing neurodegenerative diseases

Research led by the LMB’s Anne Bertolotti has discovered a selective inhibitor of a phosphatase enzyme that could prevent protein misfolding diseases. The scientists showed that the new molecule, dubbed Sephin1, countered the effects of aggregating proteins in mouse models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, and might do so for other neurodegenerative disorders. More…