New drug that protects dopamine cells raises treatment hope for Parkinson’s

Researchers who tested a new drug in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease showed it can change the behavior of immune cells so they protect dopamine-producing cells instead of attacking them.The new drug achieved up to 80% protection of dopamine-producing cells in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease. The team – including members from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha and Longevity Biotech, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA – reports the findings in The Journal of Neuroscience. Coauthor Dr. Scott Shandler, co-founder and CEO of Longevity Biotech, says: “The results are exciting as they provide a bridge between the immune system and nerve cell protection in Parkinson’s disease.” Senior author Howard Gendelman, a professor of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience at UNMC, says the idea for the drug was…


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