Scientists Identify New Lead in Search for Parkinson's Cure
Recently published research from Iowa State University may hint at a new treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
In a paper published in the academic journal Nature Communications, ISU scientists identified a protein called Prokineticin-2 (PK2) that may protect brain cells and is expressed with greater frequency in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
“The neurons use PK2 to cope with stress. It is an in-built protective mechanism,” said Anumantha Kanthasamy, a Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in veterinary medicine, the Eugene and Linda Lloyd Endowed Chair of Neurotoxicology, and chair of biomedical sciences at Iowa State.
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