ALS-associated mutations in TBK1 are both beneficial and detrimental to disease progression in mice

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

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New insights into how mutations in TBK1 cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have been revealed by researchers at Columbia University (NY, USA). Scientists there have found that ALS-associated mutations in TBK1 can have both beneficial and detrimental effects on disease progression in mice. Within their study, which has been published in Neuron, the investigators inserted ALS-causing TBK1 mutations in mice and reported that these mice displayed no signs of motor neuron disease. “This was not surprising, as only a few of the many human ALS mutations tested thus far in mice by other ALS researchers have resulted in motor neuron...

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