AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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Structure of Parkinson's Protein Could Lead to New Diagnostic and Treatment Options

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With patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the protein alpha-synuclein forms long fibrils in the brain that disrupt normal brain activity. This is similar to what happens Alzheimer’s patients with beta-amalyoid structures but less is known about the structure of the alpha-synuclein which make it more complex for researchers. However, in a recent study, a University of Illinois chemist along with peers at the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University and Queen Mary University of London, the chemical structure of the protein was identified. “This is the first structure of the full-length fibril protein, which is now well established to be important for the pathology of Parkinson’s disease,” said study leader Chad Rienstra, a University of Illinois chemistry professor. “Knowing that structure will open up many new areas of investigation for diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s disease.” Click here to read more. 

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Microsurgery Course Zurich
March 29-April 1, 2017; Zurich, Switzerland

12th World Congress on Brain Injury
March 29-April 1, 2017; New Orleans

2017 National Neuroscience Review
March 31-April 1, 2017; National Harbor, Md.

Brain & Brain PET 2017
April 1-4, 2017; Berlin, Germany

Neurosurgical Society of America Annual Meeting 2017
April 2-5, 2017; Jacksonville, Fla.

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