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The First Multiple System Atrophy Gene Has Been Identified


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Via Dysautonomia International-

Very good news... the first Multiple System Atrophy gene has been identified by an international team of researchers! The researchers looked at the genes of families that had more than one sibling with MSA, which is extremely rare. They discovered that having certain abnormalities in a gene related to the CoQ10 enzyme causes a mitochondrial problem that predisposes some individuals to develop MSA. This will likely lead to an acceleration in the pace of research focused on MSA, now that a gene has been identified. There are likely many other genes involved in MSA, but this is an important first step in identifying them. For more information, you can visit our friends at www.MSAawareness.org or you can read the journal article below.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1212115#t=article

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