Treatment with a small molecule called trehalose was associated with slower disease progression and longer life span in mice with a disease mimicking amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an MDA-supported research team has reported.
Trehalose is a compound composed of two glucose (sugar) molecules.
Researchers at Boston University, supported in part by MDA, say their experimental two-pronged strategy for merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy (MDC1A) was highly successful in a mouse model of this disease and should be further investigated as a potential treatment approach for patients.
MDA grantee Matthew Disney is a current and former MDA grantee at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla. Disney's current MDA grant is focused on targeting toxic RNA in type 2 myotonic dystrophy (MMD2, or DM2).
It's been widely accepted that the mechanism by which the experimental drug ataluren appears to benefit walking ability in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) is that it causes "read-through" of premature stop codons — genetic instructions that cause cells to stop making a protein before the process is complete.