New treatment target to help Parkinson's patients?

Posted on 08 September 2011

Researchers have identified a new treatment target which could help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

A study published in journal Neuron reported that the lack of brain chemical dopamine is able to rewire the interaction between two groups of brain cells and lead to symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

This discovery could bring hope to many people suffering from the debilitating neurodegenerative disease.

 Gladstone Investigator Anatol Kreitzer said that the research has uncovered how a different group of neurons could play a role in the development of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

"We hope to target the changes among these neurons directly with drug therapies, in order to help relieve some of Parkinson's most debilitating symptoms," she added.

This follows a breakthrough by a team of University of Edinburgh scientists, who successfully derived stem cells from one of the most aggressive forms of Parkinson's disease.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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