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Kevin Guttenplan

Kevin Guttenplan

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Many neurological diseases feature the death of neurons, but the mechanisms that mediate cell death in these disorders are unknown. Astrogliosis, the response of a cell-type called “astrocytes” to injury, is common to most diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), and recent studies in our lab suggest that some reactive astrocytes may release a protein that is potently toxic to neurons. In order to understand why neurons die during disease as well as find new therapeutic targets to halt neuronal death, I am working to both identify the toxic protein secreted by astrocytes as well as determine what pathway causes neurons to die when exposed to the toxic protein.