Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Lesson in Deficiency Diseases

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Abstract

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an age-dependent degeneration of motor neurons in the central nervous system. ALS is not caused by faulty nutrition. Recent data suggest that ALS could be an oxidative neurotoxicity induced by a mutation in the SOD1 protein. This finding extends beyond the simple loss of an antioxidant enzyme.

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