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Parkin: a multipurpose neuroprotective agent?

An autosomal recessive juvenile-onset form of Parkinson's disease (AR-JP) is caused by loss-of-function mutations of the parkin gene, which encodes a ubiquitin-protein ligase. Three recent reports demonstrate that parkin can protect neurons from diverse cellular insults, including alpha-synuclein toxicity, proteasomal dysfunction, Pael-R accumulation, and kainate-induced excitotoxicity. These findings suggest a central role for parkin in maintaining dopaminergic neuronal integrity and strengthen the link between AR-JP and the more common sporadic form of Parkinson's disease.[1]


  1. Parkin: a multipurpose neuroprotective agent? Feany, M.B., Pallanck, L.J. Neuron (2003) [Pubmed]
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