Protein Protects Neurons In Brain From Damage Due To Inflammation

Monday, April 6, 2009 - 09:21 in Health & Medicine

A new study helps to explain why people who carry mutations in a gene known as Nurr1 develop a rare, inherited form of Parkinson's disease, the most prevalent movement disorder in people over the age of 65. Scientists have identified a protein in the brain of mice that protects neurons from excessive inflammation, which can lead to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

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