Marc C Meulener

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Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder that displays both sporadic and inherited forms. Exposure to several common environmental toxins acting through oxidative stress has been shown to be associated with PD. One recently identified inherited PD gene, DJ-1, may have a role in protection from oxidative stress, thus potentially(More)
Parkinson's disease is a common neurodegenerative disease characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the accumulation of the protein alpha-synuclein into aggregates called Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites. Parkinson's disease can be modeled in Drosophila where directed expression of alpha-synuclein induces(More)
DJ-1 is a ubiquitously expressed protein involved in various cellular processes including cell proliferation, RNA-binding, and oxidative stress. Mutations that result in loss of DJ-1 function lead to early onset parkinsonism in humans, and DJ-1 protein is present in pathological lesions of several tauopathies and synucleinopathies. In order to further(More)
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