Oxidative stress and ageing-related pathways as the targets to prevent Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and affects an estimated 1 % of the world's population over 60. The pathogenetic triggers of PD are mostly unknown, and current treatments only partially alleviate symptoms and do not restore normal neuronal function. The EU-funded PARNANT project will capitalise on the partners' expertise in C. elegans genetics and cell-based PD models to find the genetic pathways that mediate protection against neurodegeneration during oxidative stress and ageing. Previous studies identified 51 candidate genetic loci associated with age-related neurodegeneration in PD models and patients. Researchers aim to target these genes to alleviate the oxidative stress in the dopaminergic neurons and protect them against degeneration.