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Environmental insults: critical triggers for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Overview of attention for article published in Translational Neurodegeneration, June 2017
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#41 of 111)
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Environmental insults: critical triggers for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Published in
Translational Neurodegeneration, June 2017
DOI 10.1186/s40035-017-0087-3
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Bing Yu, Roger Pamphlett


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterised by a rapid loss of lower and upper motor neurons. As a complex disease, the ageing process and complicated gene-environment interactions are involved in the majority of cases. Significant advances have been made in unravelling the genetic susceptibility to ALS with massively parallel sequencing technologies, while environmental insults remain a suspected but largely unexplored source of risk. Several studies applying the strategy of Mendelian randomisation have strengthened the link between environmental insults and ALS, but none so far has proved conclusive. We propose a new ALS model which links the current knowledge of genetic factors, ageing and environmental insults. This model provides a mechanism as to how ALS is initiated, with environmental insults playing a critical role. The available evidence has suggested that inherited defect(s) could cause mitochondrial dysfunction, which would establish the primary susceptibility to ALS. Further study of the underlying mechanism may shed light on ALS pathogenesis. Environmental insults are a critical trigger for ALS, particularly in the aged individuals with other toxicant susceptible genes. The identification of ALS triggers could lead to preventive strategies for those individuals at risk.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 40 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 20%
Student > Master 8 20%
Student > Bachelor 6 15%
Researcher 5 13%
Other 3 8%
Other 1 3%
Unknown 9 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 13%
Neuroscience 4 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 3%
Other 5 13%
Unknown 12 30%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 June 2017.
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