Study Exploring Why Alpha-synuclein Hurts Some Cells But Not Others

Study Exploring Why Alpha-synuclein Hurts Some Cells But Not Others

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Study Exploring Why Alpha-synuclein Hurts Some Cells But Not Others

A new research project seeks to better characterize the structural properties of alpha-synuclein, which researchers hope will lead to a better understanding of this protein’s toxic effects in Parkinson’s disease. One of the hallmark features of Parkinson’s is the formation of aggregates — “clumps” or “tangles” — of alpha-synuclein in neurons (nerve cells). These protein aggregates are thought to drive the death of neurons, and are known to spread throughout the brain, which is believed…

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