During the early stages of MND it is proposed that motor neurones are more susceptible to an imbalance of oxygen within the cells, known as oxidative stress. Prof Dame Kay Davies, at the University of Oxford, has previously shown that increasing the levels of the gene Oxr1 can protect motor neurones from death caused by oxidative stress and delay MND in mice. You can read about this work here. Continue reading
MND Association-funded researchers, Prof Dame Kay Davies and Dr Peter Oliver, both based at the University of Oxford, have identified the oxidation resistance 1 (OXR1) gene as a neuroprotective factor in MND.
Published in the journal Brain on 9 March 2015, Prof Davies has shown through their recent research in mice that OXR1 may serve a new target for future drug development.
We’re funding Matthew Williamson’s PhD studentship to follow up this exciting research. Find out more about this and the other research projects funded by the Association in our newly updated Research we fund information sheet. Continue reading