Epilepsy: Protein SUMO - new hope for a cure

British experts have discovered a protein that can be activated, thereby, to protect neuronal cells from damage occurring during epileptic seizure or heart failure, writes the edition of The Toronto Sun.

It is believed by scientists from the University of Bristol: "This discovery will give the opportunity to develop a new method of treatment of epilepsy and stroke. At the head angle is set by the protein, widely known as SUMO" witness reports published on the pages of magazines PNAS and Nature Neuroscience.

"The work allows us to better understand how cells produce information exchange and how is the process of regulation. We have found that increasing the concentration SUMO added to the receptor kainate, leads to the fact that between the cells decreases the activity of their "communication". Because epilepsy is triggered by over-activity of neural cells in the brain, this method can be used to try to cure epilepsy," says Dr. Jack Mellor, head of research.

It is known that proteins of the SUMO family have the form of small proteins that are covalently adjacent to and disconnected from the other proteins in the cells, and all in order to modify their work.

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