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Researchers have discovered that an existing compound, previously tested for diabetes, offers hope for slowing Huntington’s Disease (HD) and its symptoms.

The study was published in Nature Medicine.

“We’re very excited by our pre-clinical testing of this compound (KD3010),” said Albert La Spada, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, cellular and molecular medicine and neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “It improved motor function, reduced neurodegeneration and increased survival in a mouse model of Huntington’s disease and reduced toxicity in neurons generated from human HD stem cells.”

The discovery of the drug’s potential in HD builds upon more than a decade of research into the disorder’s underlying molecular pathology. Much of that work has centered on misfolded proteins, which are known to be key culprits in HD and several other neurodegenerative diseases.

At the cellular level, the drug improved mitochondrial energy production and helped mice get rid of the misfolded proteins. Since misfolded proteins also underlie Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disorders, researchers hope that, if successful in HD, the compound can also be tested in other related neurological diseases.

Source: UC San Diego