Antioxidant improves motor functions in mice with Parkinson's

Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin have found that an antioxidant called diapocynin, a synthetic molecule derived from the naturally occurring compound apocynin, was effective at preventing Parkinson's-like symptoms in mice. Mice bred to have a Parkinson's-type disease were treated with diapocynin starting at 12 weeks. The treatment prevented the expected deficits in neurobehavioral function, including motor coordination, that occur by 10 months of age. The research was published recently in the journal Neuroscience Letters. Scientists say more research on this molecule may allow them to identify new biomarkers that would help clinicians detect the disease at an earlier stage. Release | Abstract

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