Disease-causing mutation disrupts movement of cell's 'power house'

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 08:57 in Biology & Nature

New research shows how a mutation causes a common inherited neurodegenerative disease, according to a study in the March 24 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The study shows that the mutation of a specific protein known to cause Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disrupts the movement of mitochondria, the energy-supplying machines inside each cell. The regulated movement of mitochondria along nerve cell fibres is vital to normal communication between the brain and muscles...

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