Study: Error in cellular process could trigger Parkinson's

01/2/2008 | MSNBC

A U.S. study found that problems during autophagy -- the process in which cells digest and reuse damaged molecules, including proteins -- could set off symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Researchers revealed that dopamine modifies a protein called alpha-synuclein, causing it to behave like the mutated forms that trigger tremors and other symptoms.

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