Graham And Hayes Nmnat2 Pres.

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Graham And Hayes Nmnat2 Pres.

  1. 1. Nmnat2, Fountain of Youth? by Hayes and Graham
  2. 2. The Discovery <ul><li>Nerve Cells naturally degenerate </li></ul><ul><li>Nmnat2 helps to slow and prevent this degeneration </li></ul><ul><li>This degeneration can lead to neuro-degenerative diseases </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Huntington’s) are caused by a sustained loss of functioning nerve cells </li></ul><ul><li>Nmnat2 can repair the degeneration of nerve cells when they are injured </li></ul>
  4. 4. More about Nmnat2 <ul><li>An enzyme situated in the golgi of the nerve cells </li></ul><ul><li>Is specific to the Axons, the main factors involved in neurodegenerative diseases </li></ul>
  5. 5. Axons <ul><li>These nerve cells transfer messages throughout nervous system, like muscle operations </li></ul>
  6. 6. Significance <ul><li>Scientists believe they may be able to apply this protein in a therapy/treatment context to combat the degeneration of nerve cells </li></ul>
  7. 7. Significance <ul><li>One of main factors in human death is degeneration is nerve cells </li></ul><ul><li>If Nmnat2 combats these factors, can we extend our lives beyond normal threshold? </li></ul>

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