Early onset Parkinson’s subtype may be a failure to see old mitochondria as invading bacteria. It turns out that the same PARK2 mutation that causes some early onset Parkinson’s cases, also leads to greater sensitivity to intracellular bacterial infections. Interestingly, mitochondria were once intracellular bacteria, a billion years ago.
- Description: “A protein at the center of Parkinson’s disease research now also has been found to play a key role in causing the destruction of bacteria that cause tuberculosis, according to scientists led by UC San Francisco microbiologist and tuberculosis expert Jeffery Cox, PhD.“
- Source Link: http://www.newswise.com/articles/tb-and-parkinson-rsquo-s-disease-linked-by-unique-protein
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