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In this section, you will find the most recent FA research publications, many of which are funded by FARA, as well as information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. You can search for articles by date using the archive box in the right hand column. To locate FARA Funded or Supported Research, click the hyperlink in the right hand column. You may also search for specific content using key words or phrases in the search button at the top right of your screen. Please be sure to visit other key research sections of our website for information on FARA’s Grant Program and the Treatment Pipeline.


Cognition in Friedreich Ataxia

Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is the most frequent of the inherited ataxias. However, very few studies have examined the cognitive status of patients with genetically defined FRDA. Our aim was to study cognitive performance of FRDA patients taking into account the motor problems characteristic of this clinical population.

Read More: Cognition in Friedreich Ataxia

The mismatch repair system protects against intergenerational GAA repeat instability in a Friedreich ataxia mouse model

Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder caused by a dynamic GAA repeat expansion mutation within intron 1 of the FXN gene. Studies of mouse models for other trinucleotide repeat (TNR) disorders have revealed an important role of mismatch repair (MMR) proteins in TNR instability.

Read More: The mismatch repair system protects against intergenerational GAA repeat instability in a Friedreich ataxia mouse model

Oxidative stress induces mitochondrial fragmentation in frataxin-deficient cells

Friedreich ataxia (FA) is the most common recessive neurodegenerative disease. It is caused by deficiency in mitochondrial frataxin, which participates in iron-sulfur cluster assembly. Yeast cells lacking frataxin (Δyfh1 mutant) showed an increased proportion of fragmented mitochondria compared to wild-type.

Read More: Oxidative stress induces mitochondrial fragmentation in frataxin-deficient cells

Differentiating profiles of speech impairments in Friedreich's ataxia: a perceptual and instrumental approach

BACKGROUND:

The speech disorder associated with Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is classically described as ataxic dysarthria. However, variable neuropathology beyond the cerebellum, which may include the corticospinal and corticobulbar tracts, means that the dysarthria can be mixed rather than a pure ataxic dysarthria.

AIMS:

To characterize physiological features of the dysarthria associated with FRDA and identify differential patterns of deviation that may occur across the subsystems of the speech-production mechanism in a series of seven case studies.

Read More: Differentiating profiles of speech impairments in Friedreich's ataxia: a perceptual and instrumental approach

Effects of Friedreich's ataxia GAA repeats on DNA replication in mammalian cells

Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is a common hereditary degenerative neuro-muscular disorder caused by expansions of the (GAA)n repeat in the first intron of the frataxin gene. The expanded repeats from parents frequently undergo further significant length changes as they are passed on to progeny.

Rea More: Effects of Friedreich's ataxia GAA repeats on DNA replication in mammalian cells

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