Unexpected toxicity of very low dose MPTP in mice: A clue to the etiology of Parkinson's disease?

Although much progress have been made in recent years, the etiology of idiopathic Parkinson's disease remains obscure. The chance discovery that injection of the neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) induces a syndrome very similar to parkinsonism introduced the "environmental toxin" hypothesis but no toxin was ever found in any… CONTINUE READING