Parkinson’s Skin Samples Show Protein Production Differences – Technology Networks

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In a recently published study, researchers from the Turku Bioscience Centre at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University in Finland monitored the production of new proteins as they were produced by the cells’ protein building machinery, the ribosome.

They found that in the skin cells obtained from the forearm of Parkinson’s patients, translation of RNA into protein was reduced compared to cells from healthy donors of a similar age. The reason for this was an enzyme called LRRK2 which was more active in patient cells compared to cells from healthy donors.

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