J. Neurosci. Res. volume 86, issue 8, P1748-1757 2008 DOI: 10.1002/jnr.21636 View full text
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Eileen M. Denovan-Wright, Marissa Attis, Edgardo Rodriguez-Lebron, Ronald J. Mandel

Abstract: Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by an elongation of CAG repeats in the HD gene, which encodes a mutant copy of huntingtin with an expanded polyglutatmine repeat. Individuals who are affected by the disease suffer from motor, cognitive, and emotional impairments. Levels of certain striatal-enriched mRNAs decrease in both HD patients and transgenic HD mice prior to the development of motor symptoms and neuronal cell death. Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) has been shown to prot…

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