An essential key to a possible cure for Parkinson's disease has been found by researchers at Iowa State University, with the team continuing to look for others.
Distinguished professor of biomedical sciences at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine Anumantha Kanthasamy - who has been working with colleagues to understand mechanisms of the disease for more than a decade - has discovered a specific protein which may help.
A sufficient amount of dopamine is lacking in the brains of people with Parkinson's disease, with one protein killing the cells which produce it.
Dr Kanthasamy discovered that a novel protein, known as protein kinase-C, was causing this cell death.
He asserted: "Once we find the compound, we need to make sure it's safe.
"If everything goes well, it could take about ten years, and then we might be able to see something that will truly make a difference in the lives of people with this disorder."
At the end of last month, the Parkinson's Disease Society carried out a study which discovered that over 60 per cent of Parkinson's patients are being wrongly forced into looking for jobs despite being physically unable to work.
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