Stress-induced Protein May Serve as New SMA Biomarker in Infants

Stress-induced Protein May Serve as New SMA Biomarker in Infants

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Stress-induced Protein May Serve as New SMA Biomarker in Infants

Blood levels of a stress-induced protein are significantly higher in young spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients and associate with levels of a nerve cell damage biomarker, a study shows. These findings from untreated SMA patients suggest that this protein, called heat shock 70kDa protein 7 (HSP70B), may be a useful biomarker to track disease progression early in life. However, more studies are needed to clarify its usefulness and determine whether this protein may also be…

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