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Apoptosis in neurodegenerative disorders: potential for therapy by modifying gene transcription

  • W. G. Tatton
  • R. M. E. Chalmers-Redman
  • W. Y. H. Ju
  • J. Wadia
  • N. A. Tatton

Summary

Apoptotic, rather than necrotic, nerve cell death now appears as likely to underlie a number of common neurological conditions including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, hereditary retinal dystrophies and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Apoptotic neuronal death is a delayed, multistep process and therefore offers a therapeutic opportunity if one or more of these steps can be interrupted or reversed. Research is beginning to show how specific macromolecules play a role in determining the apoptotic death process. We are particularly interested in the critical nature of gradual mitochondrial failure in the apoptotic process and propose that a maintenance of mitochondrial function through the pharmacological modulation of gene expression offers an opportunity for the effective treatment of some types of neurological dysfunction.

Keywords

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis PC12 Cell Mitochondrial Membrane Potential Spinal Muscular Atrophy Facial Motoneuron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. G. Tatton
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • R. M. E. Chalmers-Redman
    • 1
    • 4
  • W. Y. H. Ju
    • 1
  • J. Wadia
    • 1
  • N. A. Tatton
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physiology/BiophysicsDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  3. 3.Department of PharmacologyDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  4. 4.The Institute for NeuroscienceDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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