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Erica Gorenberg

Committee Member

Dale Cameron

Committee Member

Ryan Walvoord

Department Chair

Dale Cameron

Project Description

Neurodegenerative diseases affect millions of people worldwide and result from damage to neuronal cells in the brain essential for cognition, coordination, mobility, and strength. Prominent examples include Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's Disease (PD), whose precise origins remain unknown. However, they are associated with the accumulation of specific proteins in neurons, FUS and alpha synuclein aggregates, respectively. Recent findings highlight DnaJB, a class of proteins with significant disaggregation capabilities, as a promising avenue for therapy. With many diverse J-protein isoforms, identifying which DnaJB variants effectively bind and interact with disease-associated proteins remains a critical pursuit. This study aims to elucidate these interactions using the Yeast Two Hybrid method, which could direct the design of targeted chaperone-based treatments that combat neurodegenerative diseases more effectively.