Axonal degeneration is an early and important component of many neurological disorders. Overexpression of nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyltransferase (Nmnat), a component of the slow Wallerian degeneration (Wlds) protein, protects axons from a variety of insults. We found that transduction of Nmnat protein into severed axons via virus-like particles prevented axonal degeneration. The post-injury efficacy of Nmnat indicates that its protective effects occur locally within the axon and provides an opportunity to develop novel agents to treat axonal damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41211-41215
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number53
StatePublished - Dec 31 2010


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