Blood analysis reveals signs of Parkinson’s 10 years before diagnosis – New Atlas

Clumps of a damaged protein called alpha-synuclein gather on the dopamine-producing brain cells of patients with Parkinson’s disease, triggering an autoimmune response from T cells
La Jolla Institute for Immunology


In 2017, scientists at Columbia University found the first direct evidence that autoimmunity may play a role in the onset of Parkinson’s disease. The same team has been working to fill in this timeline of physiological events and uncovered further evidence of how the immune system contributes to the development of the disease, potentially opening up new windows of opportunity for early intervention.

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