Using Drosophila models of Huntington's disease as a translatable tool. http://t.co/lXw6IQDTa4— flypapers (@fly_papers) August 5, 2015
From the abstract: "there has been a significant contribution to our understating of the disease from studies utilizing Drosophila melanogaster. Flies have a Htt protein, so the endogenous pathways with which it interacts are likely conserved. Transgenic flies engineered to overexpress the human mutant HTT gene display protein aggregation, neurodegeneration, behavioural deficits and a reduced lifespan. The short life span of flies, low cost of maintaining stocks and genetic tools available for in vivo manipulation make them ideal for the discovery of new genes that are involved in HD pathology."