UGA scientists Identify Protein With Implications In Neurodegenerative Diseases, Alzheimer’s

UGA scientists Identify Protein With Implications In Neurodegenerative Diseases, Alzheimer’s
In a newly published paper in Genes & Development journal entitled "Myxococcus CsgA, Drosophila Sniffer, and human HSD10 are cardiolipin phospholipases", researchers from University of Georgia suggest that a soil bacterium protein named HSD10 reduces oxidative stress, stimulates repair of nerve cells and contributes to slow down progression of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's. Neurodegenerative disorders are characterized by progressive loss of structure and function of neurons which ultimately leads to the death of nerve cells. It is believed that the greatest risk factor for neurodegeneration relies on aging, which mainly occurs as a consequence of oxidative stress (damage of biological systems by reactive oxygen species) and cellular DNA mutations. A number of disorders are known to be the result of neurodegenerative processes including Huntington's, Parkinson'sAlzheimer's, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Though each specific neurodegenerative condition has its own particular symptoms like severe memory loss in
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