London: A type of central nervous system cell other than motor neurons plays a fundamental role in the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal degenerative disease that is also known as Lou Gehrig`s disease, according to Johns Hopkins scientists.The discovery holds promise, they said, for identifying new targets for interrupting the disease`s progress.In a study, the researchers found that, in mice bred with a gene mutation that causes human ALS, dramatic changes occurred in oligodendrocytes - cells that create insulation for the nerves of the central nervous system - long before the first physical symptoms of the disease appeared.Oligodendrocytes located near motor neurons - cells that govern movement - died off at very high rates, and new ones regenerated in their place were inferior and unhealthy.
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