Neuronal vulnerability in Parkinson’s disease
Although Parkinson’s disease is characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra not all dopaminergic neurons degenerate in this disease. This suggests that some specific factors make subpopulations of dopaminergic neurons more susceptible to the disease. Here, we show that the most vulnerable neurons are particularly sensitive to oxidative stress and rise in intracellular calcium concentrations. Because both events seem to occur in Parkinson’s disease this may explain why some dopaminergic neurons degenerate and other do not.
KeywordsSubstantia Nigra Dopaminergic Neuron Nerve Cell Death Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Neuronal Vulnerability
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