DISSECTING POLYQ-ATAXIN-1 TRAFFICKING AND NUCLEAR BODY DYNAMICS AS DRIVERS OF TOXICITY

Grant number: 1121907 | Funding period: 2017 - 2019

Completed

Abstract

Ataxias are a large group of neurodegenerative disorders in which balance, motor skills and memory are progressively lost. While mutations in specific proteins do cause certain hereditary ataxias, the mechanisms of their detrimental actions is unclear. Our studies probe the toxic mechanisms of the ataxin-1 protein, focusing on its partners and stress-initiated formation of a toxic hydrogel state. The outcomes will define impacts on cellular protein movement in neurodegeneration more broadly.

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