Mutation Affecting Myelin Protein May Raise Parkinson’s Risk

Mutation Affecting Myelin Protein May Raise Parkinson’s Risk

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Mutation Affecting Myelin Protein May Raise Parkinson’s Risk

A specific genetic variant, or mutation, that is associated with an increased risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may also raise a person’s risk of Parkinson’s disease, a study reported. Shared features of both these neurodegenerative disorders include causative processes and “genetic backgrounds,” the researchers noted, suggesting that a mutation affecting key nerve cells might also be a common characteristic. Their study, “Myelin-associated oligodendrocyte basic protein polymorphism as a risk factor for Parkinson’s disease,” was published in Acta…

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