Health Protein could hold key to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s cure

Protein could hold key to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s cure

Researchers at the University of Queensland have revealed new findings that could eventually lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

The insights revealed how the body sorts, directs and transport protein to correct destinations in the cell. The significance, according to Dr Brett Collins, is faulty protein ‘cargoes’ that fail to reach the correct destination in cells create ‘traffic jams’ are believed to affect neuronal activity and brain function.

He said the promising finding provided new avenues to target multiple parts of the transport system to enhance its function by stabilising the protein.

“If we can enhance or improve the function of this protein we could potentially slow down the brain degeneration that occurs in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” he said.

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