A team of researchers directed by Professor Kwang-Soo Kim, a leading expert in Parkinson’s Disease, discovered that certain drugs used to treat malaria could also potentially treat a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that afflicts about 3 million Americans a year. “Our discovery brings hope for the millions of people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease,” said Associate Professor Yoon Ho Sup from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) of Biological Sciences.
In persons with Parkinson’s Disease, the brain’s ability to produce dopamine is shut down, causing the person to lose voluntary control over his muscles. Parkinson’s, in its advanced stages, steals an individual’s ability to move his arms, legs, and hands and affects his ability to swallow or breathe. The anti-malaria drugs activate Nurr1, a class of proteins that protect the brain’s ability to produce dopamine neurons, according to the research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Two such anti-malaria drugs were recently identified as Chloroquine and Amodiaquine.
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