Skeletal muscle and motor neurons in development and disease | 48502

Journal of Neurology & Neurophysiology

ISSN - 2155-9562

Skeletal muscle and motor neurons in development and disease

4th International Conference and Exhibition on Neurology & Therapeutics

July 27-29, 2015 Rome, Italy

Boris Kablar

Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Neurol Neurophysiol

Abstract :

As a medical doctor and developmental biologist, I perform studies in order to determine if voluntary (skeletal or striated)
muscle plays an active role in the etiology and pathogenesis of Motor Neuron Diseases, such as Amyotrophic Lateral
Sclerosis (ALS). Because of various pieces of information, I think that an initially asymptomatic muscle either sends a trigger(s)
or/and does not send a trophic factor(s) to the lower motor neuron in the spinal cord or/and brain. This initiates a cascade
of events, such as peripheral axonopathy and peripheral inflammatory response, followed by the motor neuron death, central
inflammatory response and subsequent muscle atrophy. Within the field, I am not the only one with an interest in muscle as one
of the earliest, and potentially primary, sites for the initiation of ALS-mediated degeneration of the body’s muscle and nervous
tissues. With my laboratory members and collaborators, we are preparing a publication to reveal some of our cDNA microarray
analysis data. Here, I elaborate on my next immediate stepsto deploy a Systems Biology approach, employing: StarNet, BioBricks,
Registry Biological Parts, Database of Interacting Proteins, Protein Data Bank, ProtFun, STRING, EmbryoNet, BioCreAtIvE,
in order to design next best experiments and therapeutic strategies targeting muscle for the treatment and cure of ALS.