Brain and spinal cord function could be repaired by new synthetic molecule, research shows

Scientists hope study could offer hope for Alzheimer’s and epilepsy sufferers

Chiara Giordano
Friday 28 August 2020 01:55
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A team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge have created a synthetic "molecule bridge" called CPTX that could help repair brain and spinal cord damage.
A team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge have created a synthetic "molecule bridge" called CPTX that could help repair brain and spinal cord damage.

Scientists have created a synthetic molecule that could repair brain and spinal cord damage, offering hope to Alzheimer’s and epilepsy sufferers.

Inspired by the way brain cells usually connect, a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge created a synthetic version of Cerebellin-1 – a protein that links neuronal cells.

The new molecule, called CPTX, acts as a “bridge” to help repair or replace connections lost because of disease or damage.

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