A study on Parkinson’s disease, conducted by researchers and a global network of scientists at Northwestern University throws light on how the disease develops and the way it can be treated in the future.
According to the findings of the study a mutation in the gene TMEM230 brings about Parkinson’s disease. It is associated with a cross- membrane protein that surrounds synaptic vesicles ,which are tiny sacks that store neurotransmitters before they are released to other cells. In Parkinson’s disease neurotransmitters are found to be at a decreased level.
According to Dr. Siddique mutation in this protein slows down the transport of the vesicles and a collection of protein around these vesicles causes the cells to die.