Thursday, October 12, 2006

Important neuronal growth signalling agents revealed

Researchers at the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) connected to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, led by Bassem Hassan, have achieved a major step in unraveling the growth process of axons, the offshoots of neurons.
They have identified certain signaling cascades as the most important actors that stimulate neuronal growth and have also discovered precise roles for each of these signalling cascades. Their research shows that the growth of axons and the activity of neurons are completely independent of each other.

This new finding may lead to better understanding of a variety of nerve diseases. I say may here because this study will need to progress a lot further before direct correlation can be made to diseases like MS, ALS or Parkinsons...

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