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Cell respiration understanding 'may help Parkinson's insight'

Cell respiration understanding 'may help Parkinson's insight'
8th April 2009

The process of cell respiration has been investigated by a new study and may help future studies into Parkinson's disease, it has been revealed.

According to data presented by Sweden's world-famous Karolinska Institutet, the mitochondrion in cells - commonly referred to as the power station of the organism - have been understood to play a major part in cell respiration.

Being linked to general ageing as well as Parkinson's disease, diabetes and cancer, the team of researchers found that if a protein known as TFB1M was missing from a cell, it would not be able to respire.

Medodi Metodiev explained one of the studies: "Mice without TFB1M in the heart suffer from progressive heart failure and increase mitochondrial mass, which is similar to what we find in patients with mitochondrial diseases."

Last week, the Michael J Fox Foundation donated over £4 million to a range of scientific projects in the US to improve the global understanding of Parkinson's disease.

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