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Northwestern Finds Protein May Mark Start of Neuron Dysfunction in Parkinson's

Scientists have discovered a novel regulatory role for LRRK2, one of the most common genetic factors associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD). A team of international collaborators led by Dr. Loukia Parisiadou, research assistant professor of radiation oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, revealed how mutated versions of the protein LRRK2 (encoded by the gene PARK8) alter the way in which brain cells function and ultimately die.