WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
You Drive Public Radio - Make your donation now
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

A Central Florida Researcher’s Team Studies an Important Mutation in Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease


Play Audio
A mutation has been identified that causes nerve damage in Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

A mutation has been identified that causes nerve damage in Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

A researcher at the University of Central Florida might have found a new point of treatment for a common neurodegenerative disease called Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease by studying an important mutation in the disease pathway. UCF’s Steve King was able to trace the origins of the disease to faulty connections between neurons and muscles.

“Currently nobody knows they have this until the defects arise later in life.”

A mutation in a protein that causes these faulty connections could be targeted by future treatments, before irreversible damage takes place. One in 2500 Americans are born with the disease, making it more common than other neurodegenerative diseases like ALS.

If you’d like to listen to the full story, please click on the clip above.


Support 90.7 WMFE

Stories like these are made possible by contributions from readers and listeners like you.

DONATE NOW

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter

Danielle Prieur grew up listening to her grandfather’s stories of swimming across the Detroit River from Canada and many other adventures. She’s been into storytelling ever since. She studied writing at the University of Michigan. She trained in public radio at WDET’s Detroit newsroom, and is really excited ... Read Full Bio »

TOP