How Nerve Cells Damaged at Disease Onset Goal of EU Project

How Nerve Cells Damaged at Disease Onset Goal of EU Project

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How Nerve Cells Damaged at Disease Onset Goal of EU Project

An almost €2 million (about $2.3 million) EU-funded project is advancing the understanding of how damaged or abnormal cell parts are removed at the synapses, a process known as synapse-specific autophagy, and how defects in this mechanism contribute to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Synapses, the junctions between two nerve cells that allow them communicate, are affected early in the course of these disorders. The ongoing and more than five-year project, “RobustSynapses,…

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