Discovery of molecular protection linked to a degenerative neuromuscular disease
Kennedy’s disease leads to progressive muscle wastage. It is a condition that affects only men and it appears between 40 and 50 years of age. There is no specific treatment available. In individuals with this disease, muscle cells and motor neurons die over the years because they accumulate a protein that is mutated. Researchers discover that this protein has a self-protective mechanism through which the deleterious effects of the mutation are delayed.