Novel Protein May Help Detect Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Dementia, Mayo Clinic Finds

“This new finding sheds light on how the mutation causes these disorders, and it provides us with a marker that helps us track disease progression in patients with this disorder and potentially combat the disease,” says senior author Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D., a molecular neuroscientist and director of the Department of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Quest Diagnostics Announces C9ORF72 Genetic Test for ALS

It is the first clinically available testing service for detecting hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the C9ORF72 gene. The test is offered to aid in the diagnosis of familial and sporadic ALS.

C9ORF72 Comes Into Focus

by Michelle Pflumm, Ph.D., originally published online at, February 28, 2012

 FTLD Explained.  FTLD occurs when certain regions of the brain including those involved in critical thinking, problem solving and complex decision-making shrink (red) due to neuronal loss.  FTLD is also known as frontotemporal dementia (FTD).  Here, an MRI of a person with a form [...]

Scientists Discover Key Gene Mutation Behind Lou Gehrig’s Disease

“Although clinically they have always been described as two separate diseases, they are overlapping. We now believe that ALS and FTD are actually different clinical manifestations of the same disease.”