Parkinson’s is a disease that affects the nervous system of humans or animals making it hard to control their body movements. These symptoms can be obtained from many different similar diseases including Huntington’s and dementia.
A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge has showed that the use of drugs for blood pressure show good results for the nervous system disease. The study was carried out on animals who suffer from the disease including mice and zebrafish.
The disease works on breaking down nervous cells in a process called neurodegenerative breakdown which causes an increase of misfolded proteins in the body. These proteins are the reason behind the disease that affects the humans. Complications of the disease will cause irreversible damage to take place.
The main approach focuses on removing these toxins from the body; which is carried out through autophagy done by the human body. This process is not active for patients who catch these diseases. The study was published in the journal of Nature Communications which suggests that blood pressure drugs can actually perform the function of autophagy.
The study was developed by a team from UK Dementia Research Institute and the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research at the University of Cambridge and led by Professor Rubinsztein. He commented on the results saying, “This is the first time that we’re aware of that a study has shown that an approved drug can slow the build-up of harmful proteins in the brains of mice using doses aiming to mimic the concentrations of the drug seen in humans.”