ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

|
|
|
|

Trending News

Mitochondria-Booster NIAGEN® Shows Promise in First Human Clinical Trial

Can Glycine + Amino Acids Be the Secret to Deep, Rejuvenating Sleep?

Exploring the association between Morgellons disease and Lyme disease: identification of Borrelia bu...

Lyme Disease Activists Take Fight to Washington D.C.

New Envita Study Shows Chronic Lyme Disease "Fools" Immune System, Resistant to Antibiotics

Safely Burn Away Body Fat

Omega-3 fatty acids boost B vitamin brain benefit

Substantial health threat: Never-before-seen tick-borne disease

Lyme Advocates Call on IDSA to Focus on Patient Care Instead of Attacking Those in Distress

Trigger identified that likely unleashes autoimmune disease

 
Print Page
Email Article

Viral Therapy to Stabilize Mitochondria May Stall Parkinson’s

  [ 5 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • December 20, 2011


The power-generating mitochondria in Parkinson’s disease patients are damaged – for complex reasons as yet unclear but perhaps related to genetic factors and toxic exposures. The resulting lack of cellular energy leads to a loss of dopaminergic neurons (dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain that play an important role in voluntary movement and many behavioral functions including mood). The end result being the degeneration of brain function seen in Parkinson’s.

Therapy for PD (which affects 3% of the population) has often focused on raising dopamine levels in the central nervous system with L-DOPA, a dopamine precursor able to cross the blood-brain barrier.

Tackling the Destruction "Upstream"

But now a research team led by neurologist Roger Barker and virologist John Sinclair at the University of Cambridge may have found a way to address the problem “upstream” – by bolstering and stabilizing the mitochondria. They have done this successfully in a rat model of Parkinson’s using a strategy that viruses employ to sustain and ensure the survival of the cells they invade.

As detailed in their report published Dec 19 by the Journal of Experimental Medicine (www.jem.org), injections of a viral protein called http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20036157 beta2.7 – known to protect mitochondria without creating an immune response – into the PD rats have:

• Increased the number of dopaminergic neurons in the rat brains (both before and after PD-like brain lesions have formed),

• And produced better performance on tests of motor function and behavior.

Based on these exciting results, the researchers will embark on further work to determine if the therapy may provide a similar benefit in humans with Parkinson’s.

Sources: Based on Rockefeller University Press (Journal of Experimental Medicine publisher) news release, Dec 19, 2011; Parkinson's Disease Foundation; past research literature on Parkinson’s and beta2.7.



Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 



[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Vitamins and Supplements

Featured Products

Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
FibroSleep™ by ProHealth FibroSleep™ by ProHealth
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® by ProHealth Optimized Curcumin Longvida® by ProHealth
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils

Natural Remedies

Complete and Natural Menopause Relief Complete and Natural Menopause Relief
Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep? Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep?
Natural Relief for Soreness, Pain and Swelling – Putting Out the Fire
Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker
Fight Inflammation and Promote Cognitive Health with High-OPC Grape Seed Fight Inflammation and Promote Cognitive Health with High-OPC Grape Seed

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS Diagnosis
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE  |  PRIVACY
CONTACT US
LIBRARY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing