Studies Into How Alpha-synuclein Affects Key Immune Cell Needed

Studies Into How Alpha-synuclein Affects Key Immune Cell Needed

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Studies Into How Alpha-synuclein Affects Key Immune Cell Needed

More research is needed to understand how alpha-synuclein — a protein whose accumulation is characteristic of Parkinson’s disease — affects cells other than nerve cells, particularly microglia, the resident immune cell of the brain. A pair of researchers at the Van Andel Institute in Michigan raised this argument after reviewing what’s known about the biology of alpha-synuclein, and the implications this might have for microglia activity in Parkinson’s. “The evidence demonstrating that alpha-synuclein influences [cell…

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