Understanding ARSACS

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS) affects the cerebellum, causing young people to lose their ability to walk by the time they’re 40, even as their cognitive functions develop normally. Early settlers in “New France” introduced this genetic defect, meaning certain pockets of the Quebec population are now at much higher risk for developing this devastating disorder. Now a new study, led by investigators at The Neuro and published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, has traced ARSACS to malfunctioning mitochondria:

Read more about this study here.

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