Single protein may hold secret to treating Parkinson's disease and more

New details about a key cellular protein could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS. At their root, these disorders are triggered by misbehaving proteins in the brain. The proteins misfold and accumulate in neurons, eventually killing the cells. In a new study, researchers used a different protein, Nrf2, to restore levels of the disease-causing proteins to a normal, healthy range, thereby preventing cell death….

New details about a key cellular protein could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS. At their root, these disorders are triggered by misbehaving proteins in the brain. The proteins misfold and accumulate in neurons, eventually killing the cells. In a new study, researchers used a different protein, Nrf2, to restore levels of the disease-causing proteins to a normal, healthy range, thereby preventing cell death….