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Articles with the topic: synapses

New results bring BDNF therapies into focus

New results bring BDNF therapies into focus

Dr Jeff Carroll on August 18, 2014

Cells in the brain depend on support from one another to stay alive. Nutrients called trophic factors act like brain fertilizer, keeping neighboring brain cells healthy. This process has long been thought to go wrong in HD, and exciting new mouse research paints a very clear picture of exactly what's happening.

HDBuzz Prize runner-up 2012: Fruit flies, faulty connections and Huntington's disease

HDBuzz Prize runner-up 2012: Fruit flies, faulty connections and Huntington's disease

Dr Tamara Maiuri on November 16, 2012

Synapses, the connections between neurons, may turn out to be a good target for Huntington's disease therapies. Recent research has identified a new piece of the puzzle regarding synapses and HD-and a new target to aim for.