Rescuing defective vesicular trafficking protects against alpha-synuclein toxicity in cellular and animal models of Parkinson's disease

Studies in yeast are providing critical insights into the mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease (PD). A recent study shows that disruption of vesicular trafficking between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the Golgi, caused by the overexpression and/or aggregation of alpha-synuclein, is linked to degeneration of dopamine neurons. Overexpression of proteins that are known to enhance ER-to-Golgi transport rescue defective trafficking in yeast, worm, fly, and cellular models of PD.

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