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Gene Mutation Linked To Parkinson's
2011-09-09 07:29:21

  Single 'spelling mistake' affects mechanism for converting a cell's genetic code into proteins Less than two months after publishing findings about a new gene linked to late-onset Parkinson's disease, the same team of scientists at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have discovered another gene responsible for the neurodegenerative disease — providing yet another target for potential treatments. The mutation, a single...

2011-08-31 12:42:57

An international team of researchers led by neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found a genetic variation they say protects against Parkinson's disease. The gene variants cut the risk of developing the disease by nearly 20 percent in many populations. The study, published in the online Aug. 31 issue of Lancet Neurology, also reports the discovery of different variants of the same gene, LRRK2– the most important Parkinson's risk gene found to date – that double...

2011-08-25 14:51:30

Preliminary NIH study may have implications for early onset of the disease National Institutes of Health researchers have found that Parkin, an important protein linked with some cases of early-onset Parkinson's disease, regulates how cells in our bodies take up and process dietary fats. Parkinson's disease is a complex, progressive, and currently incurable neurological disorder characterized by shaking, stiffness, slowed movement, and impaired balance. Parkinson's primarily affects...

2011-08-25 14:48:38

Parkinson disease (PD) is a relatively common neurodegenerative disorder, affecting 1-2% of the world's population over the age of 65 years. About 5-10% of PD cases are inherited, and mutations in the Parkin gene are a common cause of familial PD. Michael Sack and colleagues, at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, have now identified a new function for the protein templated by the Parkin gene, it regulates fat uptake from the blood by liver cells and thereby fat levels in the blood....

2011-08-15 09:22:00

--New Fundraising Walk Launching in 14 Cities-- MIAMI, August 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Katie Couric has agreed to be the honorary national chair of the National Parkinson Foundation's (NPF) inaugural Moving Day campaign. Moving Day is the first grassroots campaign to spotlight Parkinson's disease (PD) awareness on a national level. The importance of good care for people with Parkinson's is near and dear to Ms. Couric--her father, John Couric, 90, died recently from complications...

2011-08-15 12:16:27

Shape of key protein surprises researchers A new study finds that a protein key to Parkinson's disease has likely been mischaracterized. The protein, alpha-synuclein, appears to have a radically different structure in healthy cells than previously thought, challenging existing disease paradigms and suggesting a new therapeutic approach. "Our data show that alpha-synuclein was essentially mistakenly characterized as a natively unfolded protein that lacked structure," said Dennis Selkoe, the...


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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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