London: Scientists claim to have achieved a key breakthrough by identifying over 1,000 "repeat offender" brain proteins responsible for at least 130 conditions ranging from Alzheimer`s disease to autism. A British team has claimed that faults in these 1,000proteins are key to elusive synapse junctions between nervecells in brain, a finding which could speed the development ofnew drugs for degenerative and psychiatric illnesses.
By studying tiny slivers of tissue taken from thebrain, Prof Grant and his colleagues at Edinburgh Universityidentified 1,461 synapse proteins, and then linked them toconditions ranging from Alzheimer`s and Parkinson`s disease,to autism, learning difficulties and addiction. PTI
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