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Nervous System Diseases | Neuroscience and Neurobiology


Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by loss of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. While SMN restoration therapies are beneficial, they are not a cure. We aimed to identify novel treatments to alleviate muscle pathology combining transcriptomics, proteomics and perturbational datasets. This revealed potential drug candidates for repurposing in SMA. One of the lead candidates, harmine, was further investigated in cell and animal models, improving multiple disease phenotypes, including SMN expression and lifespan. Our work highlights the potential of multiple, parallel data driven approaches for development of novel treatments for use in combination with SMN restoration therapies.


Neuroscience, Spinal muscular atrophy, survival motor neuron (SMN) protein, harmine, SMN restoration therapies, multi-omics

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bioRxiv 2019.12.17.879353; doi: Link to preprint on bioRxiv service.

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