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A study published in Brain, led by researchers
at UCL Institute of Neurology, has shown that genetic mutations which
cause a decrease in dopamine
production in the brain and lead to a form of childhood-onset Dystonia,
also play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease.
The new Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (LWENC) has opened for clinical studies and trials
In this paper Claudia Manzoni studies how fibroblast
cells from people with Parkinson’s disease caused by mutations in LRRK2
react to starvation. Although the changes are quite subtle, there are
differences between the way that fibroblasts that contain mutant LRRK2
respond to being starved – suggesting that there may be changes in the
way that these cells regulate a key process called autophagy (a term
which comes from the greek meaning to eat yourself, and is one of the
ways that cells get rid of waste and recycle proteins and organellles).
Research led by consortium researchers Dr Helene Plun-Favreau (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Dr Alex Whitworth (University of Sheffield), and collaborator Dr Heike Laman (University of Cambridge), has discovered how genetic mutations linked to Parkinson’s disease might play a key role in the death of brain cells, potentially paving the way for the development of more effective drug treatments. In the new study, published in Nature Neuroscience, the team of cross-institutional researchers showed how defects in the Parkinson’s gene Fbxo7 cause problems with mitophagy. More...
Mutations in LRRK2 are the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease. Here, Claudia Manzoni talks about her research (funded by the Rosetrees Trust and the Michael J. Fox Foundation) into what LRRK2 might be doing within the cell: Parkinson’s disease is a brain illness that afflicts 1 in 500 people in the UK. High profile patients, such as the actor Michael J Fox, the boxer Muhammad Ali and the late Pope John Paul II, have raised public awareness of Parkinson’s and its devastating impact. More...
Patrick A Lewis
(Principal Investigator and Parkinson`s UK Research Fellow)
I studied biochemistry at the University of Manchester, undertaking a year of research at the Mayo Clinic in Florida as part of this during which I investigated cellular dysfunction linked to mutations in the amyloid precursor protein and presenilin 1 associated with familial Alzheimer's disease. I then moved to the MRC Prion Unit at UCL, where I carried out graduate studies into the molecular mechanisms of scrapie gaining my PhD in 2005. From 2005 to 2007 I was visiting fellow in the Laboratory of Neurogenetics at the National Institute of Aging in Bethesda, mentored by Mark Cookson. It was here that I first started working on LRRK2, a protein which has been the object of my affections ever since. I returned to UCL in 2007 as a Brain Research Trust senior research fellow in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience and have continued my research into the basis of Parkinson's disease linked to mutations in LRRK2. I am currently a Parkinson's UK research fellow.
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