A team of Spanish researchers, led by Prof. Juan Carlos Izpisúa and Dr. Pedro Guillén amongst several others, and supported by Fundación MAPFRE, have discovered a new function of protein DGCR8, which is key to reducing the severity of illnesses such as osteoarthritis.
There is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, an illness that affects the mobility and quality of life of 242 million people worldwide. Osteoarthritis is known to be a preliminary cause of permanent disability.
It is thought that this new function of protein DGCR8, which prevents cellular deterioration and delays aging, could help bones and cartilage heal more effectively and help reduce muscle inflammation.
The project, entitled “Stabilizing Heterochromatin by DGCR8 Alleviates Senescence and Osteoarthritis,” was recently published in prestigious journal Nature and offers deep insight into the molecular and cellular mechanisms associated with aging, paving the way toward solutions to degenerative illnesses that will contribute to improving the health of countless people.
Fundación MAPFRE has been contributing to improving the quality of life and health of people for over 40 years, allocating over 2 million Euros towards research each year.
One highlight of the more than 1,000 projects funded since 1979 was the project carried out by Dr. Vaquero, Head of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital of Puerta de Hierro de Majadahonda (Madrid), to treat spinal injuries with cell therapy