Author Interviews, Neurological Disorders / 04.03.2015

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Richard H. Myers Ph.D. Department of Neurology and Genome Science Institute Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Richard H. Myers Ph.D. Department of Neurology and Genome Science Institute Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Myers: Andy Hoss, who is a graduate student in my group is the primary investigator for this project. We are investigating changes that occur in the brain of individuals who had Huntington's disease. We were focused on studying regulatory mechanisms that control the levels of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) in the brain, since that is an area that has been implicated in this disease. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are known to target mRNAs for degradation or to be sequestered for storage and later use. A few limited studies of microRNAs had been done, but we sought to measure the levels of all of the miRNAs present in the brains of persons with Huntington's disease and in controls using next-generation sequencing. (more…)