Published On: Sat, Sep 24th, 2016

Gene mutation can affect six senses

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A new research study has stated that people having a gene mutation are at a great danger of developing neurological disorder pertaining to touch and proprioception — our “sixth sense” or body consciousness.

The research study was held on two young patients — one nine and the other 19-years-old — who were diagnosed with progressive scoliosis — an exclusive neurological disorder in which an individualZO2 that controls specific aspects of human touch and proprioception, is either directly required for the normal growth and alignment of the skeletal system or that touch and proprioception indirectly guide skeletal development.

Carsten G. Bonnemann from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) — which is a US based public research organization, stated that “The findings found that PIEZO2 is a touch and proprioception gene in humans. Understanding its function in these senses can give signs to an array of neurological disorders,”

The research study further stated that the mutations in the PIEZO2 gene reason for the two patients to have movement and stability issues and also the loss of a few forms of touch.

Alexander T. Chesler from National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) — which is the US-based public scientific research agency, further added “Our findings recommend they are touch-blind. The patient’s version of Piezo2 protein may not function, thus their neurons cannot discover touch or limb movements,”

Additionally inspections recommended that the patients as well required body awareness. They could not feel vibrations from a buzzing tuning fork. Nor could they inform the disparity amid one or two small ends of a caliper pressed resolutely in opposition to their palms.

Nonetheless, the patients could feel further sorts of touch. They could feel the stroking or brushing of hairy skin.

Though, a person asserted it felt spiny rather than the pleasant sensation reported by unaffected volunteers.

Regardless of these dissimilarities, the patients’ nervous systems emerged to be developing, in general, the researchers added.

They were capable of feeling ache, irritation, and temperature in general. The nerves in their limbs organized electricity quickly and their brains and cognitive capabilities were alike to the control subjects of their age.


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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