Navigation Links
Parkinsonian worms may hold the key to identifying drugs for Parkinson's disease
Date:11/10/2011

AUSTIN, Texas Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a simple test, using dopamine-deficient worms, for identifying drugs that may help people with Parkinson's disease.

The worms are able to evaluate as many as 1,000 potential drugs a year. The researchers have received federal funding that could increase that to one million drug tests a year.

The test is based on the difficulty that these "parkinsonian" C. elegans worms have in switching from swimming to crawling when they're taken out of water.

"They can crawl fine," says Jon Pierce-Shimomura, assistant professor of neurobiology. "They go into a puddle and can swim fine. But as soon as the puddle goes away they crash. In some cases an individual will remain rigid for about a half hour."

Pierce-Shimomura led a team of researchers, including Andres Vidal-Gadea, Stephen Topper and Layla Young, to identify this "motor switching" problem. Their findings were published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

"We take these motor transitions for granted," says Pierce-Shimomura, "like getting up out of a chair or walking through a doorway from one surface to another. But people with Parkinson's have a terrible time with this. They freeze at the threshold. It looks like we have a very simple worm model for this now."

To identify potential therapeutics, Pierce-Shimomura begins with worms that have been mutated to be deficient in producing dopamine. It's the loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain that causes Parkinson's disease in humans.

The dopamine-deficient worms are put through the same paces that lead to the immobility, but in the presence of a drug.

If they become immobile as they normally would when water is removed, the researchers move on to the next drug. But if somehow a drug helps the worms' brains overcome the dopamine deficiency and they transition to crawling, the lab ha
'/>"/>

Contact: Daniel Oppenheimer
oppenheimer@austin.utexas.edu
512-745-3353
University of Texas at Austin
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Floridas worm grunters collect bait worms by inadvertently imitating mole sounds
2. Deprived of a sense of smell, worms live longer
3. Key to curing obesity may lie in worms that destroy their own fat: McGill researchers
4. Ancient geologic escape hatches mistaken for tube worms
5. Parasitic worms make sex worthwhile
6. Pinhead-size worms + robot = new antibiotics
7. More than fish bait: Worms unlock secrets to new epilepsy treatments
8. Scientists find new genes for cancer, other diseases in plants, yeast and worms
9. Bone-eating worms 30 million years old
10. Brains, worms and computer chips have striking similarities
11. Body builders -- the worms that point the way to understanding tissue regeneration
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Parkinsonian worms may hold the key to identifying drugs for Parkinson's disease
(Date:11/6/2014)... -- A groundbreaking paper from a team of Florida ... of how plants could adapt to and survive environmental ... published in the latest issue of the journal ... (the complex of DNA and proteins) is organized in ... that some genes are turned on and others are ...
(Date:11/5/2014)... RENO – Kelly Redmond has dedicated his career ... knowledge to a general audience. , As deputy ... Climate Center at Nevada,s Desert Research Institute, Redmond ... the management, application and dissemination of climate data ... Annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco on December ...
(Date:11/4/2014)... — Think about the way our bodies are assembled ... know that they are supposed to become a nerve ... find the correct place and alignment? Researchers at the ... , In a new study, UM researchers describe the ... surrounding neighbors, at the head-trunk region. Their discovery may ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Maize analysis yields whole new world of genetic science 2Nevada climatologist to be honored at AGU Fall Meeting for lifetime of public outreach 2The inside story: How the brain and skull stay together 2
... Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is intensifying ... its autumn meeting in Bonn the Grants ... the establishment of 13 additional Research Training ... Training Groups. These enable doctoral researchers to ...
... Diego, November 18, 2008 The American Journal of ... 2008), will be featured at the "Changing Climate ... the event is Guest Editor Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, ... health. "Climate change is a key public health ...
... 2008) − A new study confirms that exercise can ... stem cells in the hippocampus of the mouse brain, ... brain chemical which promotes the production and maturation of ... cells differentiate into a variety of mature nerve cells ...
Cached Biology News:National and international doctoral training 2National and international doctoral training 3National and international doctoral training 4National and international doctoral training 5National and international doctoral training 6National and international doctoral training 7Issues at intersection of climate change and health impact global well-being 2Issues at intersection of climate change and health impact global well-being 3Issues at intersection of climate change and health impact global well-being 4Exercise increases brain growth factor and receptors, prevents stem cell drop in middle age 2Exercise increases brain growth factor and receptors, prevents stem cell drop in middle age 3
(Date:11/26/2014)... PHILADELPHIA , Nov. 26, 2014 ... environments. Human exploration of space requires astronauts to maintain ... safety and success, and prevent potential errors and accidents. ... little is known about how cognition is affected by ... affected. Now, Penn Medicine researchers are poised ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... The ETC (Emerging Technology Centers) ... centers, announced today that applications for AccelerateBaltimore™ (AB) ... “Do you have a big idea?,” asked ETC’s ... know about it. AccelerateBaltimore helps you and your ... just 13 weeks.” Interested game changers with ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... 2014 SonaCare Medical, a leading ... devices, recently participated in the American Urology Association’s ... .” Key opinion leaders in urology presented on ... small renal masses while attendees had the opportunity ... in hands-on labs. Attendees at the Los Angeles, ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... (PRWEB) November 25, 2014 The Pittcon ... its official conference and exposition mobile app, ... free download in the App Store for iOS and ... valuable resource tool before, during and after the event. ... details on exhibiting companies, technical sessions, Conferee Networking sessions ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Penn Medicine Team Develops Cognitive Test Battery to Assess the Impact of Long Duration Spaceflights on Astronauts' Brain Function 2Penn Medicine Team Develops Cognitive Test Battery to Assess the Impact of Long Duration Spaceflights on Astronauts' Brain Function 3Penn Medicine Team Develops Cognitive Test Battery to Assess the Impact of Long Duration Spaceflights on Astronauts' Brain Function 4AccelerateBaltimore Applications to Close in 6 Days 2AccelerateBaltimore Applications to Close in 6 Days 3SonaCare Medical Supports American Urology Association’s Small Renal Mass 360° Summit 2SonaCare Medical Supports American Urology Association’s Small Renal Mass 360° Summit 3Pittcon Releases 2015 Mobile App 2
... MONTVALE, N.J., Dec. 12 Datascope Corp.,(Nasdaq: ... Co., one of the nation,s,leading independent proxy advisory ... -- James J. Loughlin and William,L. Asmundson -- ... December 20, 2007. To follow Glass Lewis, recommendation,Datascope ...
... Fourth Quarter Highlights:, -- Record revenues of $82.0 million, up 22% from the prior year,s fourth ... quarter ... $0.23, a 130% increase over last year,s ... of $24.3 million, revolving debt facility paid off, -- Launch of four new food and beverage products and ...
... Resource Group, LLC of,Birmingham, Alabama, the world,s ... with RJ Zapata & Associates S.A., one ... management companies in the,Dominican Republic, to develop ... in the country. The,two companies signed a ...
Cached Biology Technology:Glass Lewis Recommends Datascope Shareholders Vote for Re-Election of the Board's Directors 2Glass Lewis Recommends Datascope Shareholders Vote for Re-Election of the Board's Directors 3Glass Lewis Recommends Datascope Shareholders Vote for Re-Election of the Board's Directors 4Glass Lewis Recommends Datascope Shareholders Vote for Re-Election of the Board's Directors 5Glass Lewis Recommends Datascope Shareholders Vote for Re-Election of the Board's Directors 6Glass Lewis Recommends Datascope Shareholders Vote for Re-Election of the Board's Directors 7Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 2Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 3Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 4Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 5Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 6Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 7Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 8Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 9Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 10Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 11Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 12Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 13Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 14Martek Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2007 Financial Results 15Masada Teams With Leading Waste Management Firm to Produce Ethanol From Municipal Solid Waste in the Dominican Republic 2
Anti-Rsk2/MAPKAP Kinase 1b, #0 SK2/MAPKAP K1 beta Smartpool&t 3T3 cell lysate Non-specific Control Pool , #D 1X Universal Buffer...
50 assays. Provides an easy system for rapid separation of cytosol and particulate fractions that are compatiable with downstream studies....
... Transformation Buffer Set are convenient methods for ... for simple and highly efficient DNA transformation. ... for heat shocking and related procedures. Instead, ... adding DNA to Z-Competent cells and incubating ...
... The Light Diagnostics Universal ... intended for use in the ... DNA generated by in ... research use only; not to ...
Biology Products: