In a new study, scientists found that strawberries and other fruits and vegetables slows the onset of motor problems and delays death in three models of Huntington`s disease. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies studied Fisetin, a naturally occurring compound found in many fruits and vegetables, and its role in treating Huntington`s and other neurodegenerative conditions. Huntington`s disease (HD) is an inherited disorder that destroys neurons in certain parts of the brain and slowly erodes victims` ability to walk, talk and reason. It is caused by a kind of genetic stutter, which leads to the expansion of a trinucleotide repeat in the huntingtin protein. When the length of the repeated section reaches a certain threshold, the bearer develops Huntington`s disease. Pamela Maher and her team began their study by looking at a nerve cell line that could be made to express a mutant form of the Huntington protein. Without treatment, about 50 per cent of these cells will die within a few days. Adding fisetin, however, prevented cell death.
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