A new scientific study claims to have found a connection between biochemical pathways associated with the rare and sporadic forms of motor neurone disease (MND).
Researchers from Chicago claim to have found clumps of fused in sarcoma (FUS) protein in motor neurones with both forms of the disease.
It is the location and study of these clumps of protein in the brain which are key to the understanding and potential development of treatment for many neurodegenerative diseases, according to the MND Association.
Dr Brian Dickie, director of research development at the MND Association, said of the findings: "This research adds weight to the opinion of many scientists that we may at last be homing in on some of the key pivotal disease processes that are occurring in MND.
"It is looking like FUS proteins represent a smoking gun in most forms of the disease."
According to the MND Association, seven in every 100,000 people in the UK are living with MND.
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