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Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine
Department of Developmental Biology
Mar 27

Surprising culprit in nerve cell damage identified

A recent Washington University News Release highlights Dr. Aaron DiAntonio's research, Surprising culprit in nerve cell damage identified

"Findings suggest ways to block nerve cell damage in neurodegenerative diseases"

"Nerve axons (left) serve as the electrical wiring of the nervous system. Scientists have implicated a specific molecule in triggering a self-destruct program in axons that leads to their degeneration (right). Since axonal degeneration is a common thread in many neurodegenerative diseases, including peripheral neuropathy, researchers are seeking ways to block it. Both images show mouse axons. Yellow and green color added for clarity."

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