Blood Test May Distinguish Parkinson’s From Multiple System Atrophy

Blood Test May Distinguish Parkinson’s From Multiple System Atrophy

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Blood Test May Distinguish Parkinson’s From Multiple System Atrophy

A highly sensitive and specific blood test has been developed that can distinguish Parkinson’s disease from multiple system atrophy (MSA), a team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health reported. The test examines the levels of a protein called alpha-synuclein in exosomes — tiny vesicles released by cells that end up in the blood. In Parkinson’s, alpha-synuclein comes from neuron-derived exosomes, while in MSA it comes from exosomes released by oligodendrocytes, another type…

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