New Insights Into The Mechanism Of Parkinson’s Disease

New research suggests that small “seed” amounts of diseased brain proteins can be taken up by healthy neurons and propagated within them to cause neurodegeneration. The research, published by Cell Press in the October 6, 2011 issue of the journal Neuron, sheds light on the mechanisms associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and provides a model for discovering early intervention therapeutics that can prevent or slow the devastating loss of neurons that underlies PD.