New cell splicing technique could help epilepsy treatment

Posted Nov 18 2010 in Other treatments

A new cell splicing technique could help assist with the treatment of epilepsy, it has been revealed.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered a unique way of splicing in the cytoplasm of a nerve cell, reports healthcanal.com.

This new technique could improve communication between cells of the nervous system with those affected with epilepsy.

A report on the health website said: "Diseases such as epilepsy that are based on electrical misfiring in the brain could be targets of manipulation of such cytoplasmic splicing."

The newly-discovered splicing techniques could allow for a range of different types of protein to be made which are essential for brain function, including the necessary STREX-containing protein.

This would enable other proteins "to bind to the channel" in the brain, which would ensure nerve communication is restored.

The study was published in the online journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

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