Kenneth H. Fischbeck, M.D.
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Building 35, Room 2A-1000
35 Convent Dr
Bethesda, MD 20892-3705
The purpose of the Neurogenetics Branch is to investigate the causes of hereditary neurological diseases, with the goal of developing effective treatments for these disorders. Particular areas of research interest in the Fischbeck lab include the polyglutamine expansion diseases (Huntington's disease, Kennedy's disease, and spinocerebellar ataxia), spinal muscular atrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, muscular dystrophy, hereditary motor neuron disease, and Friedreich's ataxia. A genetic outreach program is intended to identify and characterize patients and families with hereditary neurological diseases. The disease mechanisms are studied and potential treatments are evaluated in cell culture and other model systems. A clinical trial for Kennedy's disease was recently completed. Efforts are also currently underway to develop new treatments for spinal muscular atrophy.
Rinaldi C, Schmidt T, Situ AJ, Johnson JO, Lee PR, Chen KL, Bott LC, Fadó R, Harmison GH, Parodi S, Grunseich C, Renvoisé B, Biesecker LG, De Michele G, Santorelli FM, Filla A, Stevanin G, Dürr A, Brice A, Casals N, Traynor BJ, Blackstone C, Ulmer TS, Fischbeck KH. Mutation in CPT1C Associated With Pure Autosomal Dominant Spastic Paraplegia. JAMA Neurol. 2015;72(5):561-70.
Shrader JA, Kats I, Kokkinis A, Zampieri C, Levy E, Joe GO, Woolstenhulme JG, Drinkard BE, Smith MR, Ching W, Ghosh L, Fox D, Auh S, Schindler AB, Fischbeck KH, Grunseich C. A randomized controlled trial of exercise in spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2015;2(7):739-47.
Bott LC, Badders NM, Chen KL, Harmison GG, Bautista E, Shih CC, Katsuno M, Sobue G, Taylor JP, Dantuma NP, Fischbeck KH, Rinaldi C. A small-molecule Nrf1 and Nrf2 activator mitigates polyglutamine toxicity in spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy. Hum Mol Genet. 2016;25(10):1979-1989.
Pourshafie N, Lee PR, Chen KL, Harmison GG, Bott LC, Katsuno M, Sobue G, Burnett BG, Fischbeck KH, Rinaldi C. MiR-298 Counteracts Mutant Androgen Receptor Toxicity in Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy. Mol Ther. 2016;24(5):937-45.
Grunseich C, Wang IX, Watts JA, Burdick JT, Guber RD, Zhu Z, Bruzel A, Lanman T, Chen K, Schindler AB, Edwards N, Ray-Chaudhury A, Yao J, Lehky T, Piszczek G, Crain B, Fischbeck KH, Cheung VG. Senataxin Mutation Reveals How R-Loops Promote Transcription by Blocking DNA Methylation at Gene Promoters. Mol Cell. 2018;69(3):426-437.e7.
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