Parkinson’s Protein Behaves like a Virus
Virologist Edward Campbell, PhD, and colleagues at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, published a study indicating that the protein, alpha-synuclein, is able to enter and harm cells in the manner of viruses. The study shows that once inside a neuron, alpha synuclein breaks out of lysosomes, the digestive compartments of the cell, triggering cell death and the spread of the protein to other neurons. The finding may lead to the development of new therapies to delay the onset of Parkinson’s disease or halt or slow its progression.
The study was published April 25, 2013 in the journal PLOS ONE.
Parkinson’s protein alpha-synuclein