Monoamine oxidase B, smoking, and Parkinson's disease.

Abstract

Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) has been reported to occur more commonly among non-smokers than among cigarette smokers, for reasons that are unknown. PD may possibly be caused by one or more unidentified neurotoxins which chemically resemble N-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), a substance which after conversion to an active neurotoxin… (More)

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