Targeting diseased proteins without impacting their healthy cell mates

March 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

A new technique that targets proteins that cause disease and destroys “bad apples” in the cell has been developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre, part of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

The findings, published this month in Nature Neuroscience, has important implications for a variety of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, stroke and even cancers, the researchers say.

“This technique is revolutionary, because it can reduce or remove the pathological form of the protein without impacting the normal form of the protein or harming other proteins in the cell,” says Xulai (Shelly) Fan, a UBC PhD candidate who co-led the study with Prof. Yu Tian Wang of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

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