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  • Demystifying the 'Parkinson Protein'

    The protein α-synuclein is one of the most abundant proteins in the human brain. It is often referred to as the "Parkinson protein", as deposition of this protein in brain cells is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease. Despite the high interest of biomedical research in the protein, many questions conc more

  • Sesaminol: Parkinson's disease's surprise medicine

    Sesame seed oil, used by many for its nutty aroma and high burn-point, is made by extracting the fatty oils from sesame seeds, with the empty shells thrown out as waste. In a literal instantiation of the age-old adage "one man's trash is another man's treasure", researchers discovered that a chemica more

  • Function identified of 'mystery protein' that kills brain cells of people with Parkinson's

    A study published in Nature Communications presents a compelling new evidence about what a key protein called alpha-synuclein actually does in neurons in the brain. Dr Giuliana Fusco, Research Fellow at St John's College, University of Cambridge, and lead author of the paper, said: "This study could more

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Fly models of Parkinson’s disease point way to new therapies

Celardi et al. "Mitofusin-mediated ER stress triggers neurodegeneration in pink1/parkin models of Parkinson’s disease" Cell Death and Disease (2016). doi:10.1038/cddis.2016.173 more

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Deuterating fatty acids to treat diseases

Maksim Fomich is currently looking into creating deuterated polyunsaturated fatty acid compounds, with a view to using them to potentially treat a range of diseases. Here, he shows the premise behind his research. A description of his research can be read via the link on the right side. more

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Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease Parkinson's disease (also known as Parkinson disease or PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer's motor skill s and speech. Parkinson's disease belongs to a group of ... more

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