Could Parkinson's start in the gut?
Investigating alpha-synuclein is an important area of Parkinson’s research. We know toxic clumps of this protein (called Lewy bodies) can stick together in the guts of people with the condition.
These clumps can then travel to the brain, causing damage to dopamine-producing brain cells, which in turn may lead to movement symptoms of Parkinson's. Now Professor Spillantini and her team are exploring this further.
Watch the video to find out more about this promising research.
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£45 could pay for 3 glass slides used for tissue staining, to visualise alpha-synuclein.
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Professor Spillantini’s pioneering research, if successful, could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment, before motor symptoms develop.
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