closer to a cure for MS
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Washington, Nov 05: US researchers claim to having made a breakthrough in unravelling the mechanism of myelin formation that can have a major impact on the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other myelin-related diseases.
Jonah Chan, assistant professor of cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, says that a protein called Par-3 plays a significant role in myelination.
He says that the protein acts like a molecular scaffold to set-up an "organizing centre" that brings together key proteins essential for myelin formation.
When this organizing centre is disrupted, say the researchers, cells cannot form myelin normally.
Chan claims that his study opens the way to new research, which should help identify other components that are recruited at the organizing center set-up by Par-3.
The study was conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal, Canada.
Its findings have been published in the journal Science.