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Scottish Researchers Make Nerve Disease Breakthrough

by Kathy Jones on  July 15, 2010 at 10:36 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Researchers at Aberdeen University have made a breakthrough that could one day be used to treat motor neurone disease.
 Scottish Researchers Make Nerve Disease Breakthrough
Scottish Researchers Make Nerve Disease Breakthrough
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This is the same disease that claimed the life of Scottish football legend Jimmy "Jinky" Johnstone. The researchers have found a protein called TGFb2, which they believe plays a leading role in transmitting a signal used by motor nerves to activate muscles.

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"We have discovered that the protein boosts electrical signalling in our muscles, making the nerve-muscle communication secure and big enough to allow our muscles to contract," said Guy Bewick, senior lecturer at the university's Institute of Medical Sciences.

He added that their finding gives a better understanding of how nerve endings maintain the correct signalling strength for new activities, like running or weight training.


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