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New Insights into Neurodegenerative Diseases

October 2, 2018

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Lisa Newbern, 404-727-7709, lisa.newbern@emory.edu

Yerkes researcher Lary Walker, PhD, and his colleague Mathias Jucker recently published "Propagation and spread of pathogenic protein assemblies in neurodegenerative diseases" in Nature Neuroscience. They say in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, the spread of abnormal proteins in the nervous system is conceptually similar to the spread of abnormal cancer cells to different parts of the body. This means both the disease agent and the host milieu combine to determine how and where neurodegenerative diseases appear in the brain. Dr. Walker and his colleague think it is essential to understand both the agent and the host in order to fully comprehend these diseases. 


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