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Peter Todd, MD, PhD

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Peter Todd, MD, PhD

University of Michigan

The Integrated Stress Response in ALS

Our research explores the intersection of the integrated stress response with the mechanisms that lead to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The stress response is triggered by many different cellular pathways and its activation triggers global changes in the way proteins are made and the distribution of proteins which bind to RNA. We will study this process in the context of the most common genetic cause of ALS, the hexanucleotide repeat expansion in C9orf72, with a goal of identifying novel pathways that might be targeted therapeutically in ALS and related neurodegenerative disorders.


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Two recently discovered genes that have been associated with both familial and sporadic forms of ALS encode the related proteins TDP43 and FUS cause neuron death in ALS.
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