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Brain parasite directly alters brain chemistry
Date:11/4/2011

uction in neural cells," says Dr McConkey.

"Humans are accidental hosts to T. gondii and the parasite could end up anywhere in the brain, so human symptoms of toxoplasmosis infection may depend on where parasite ends up. This may explain the observed statistical link between incidences of schizophrenia and toxoplasmosis infection."

Dr McConkey says his next experiments will investigate how the parasite enzyme triggers dopamine production and how this may change behaviour.


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Contact: Dr. Glenn McConkey
g.a.mcconkey@leeds.ac.uk
44-113-343-2908
University of Leeds
Source:Eurekalert

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