- The BCL2 code to dopaminergic development and Parkinson's disease
- Trends in Molecular Medicine
- Volume | Issue number
- 19 | 4
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS)
Continuous, nonrandom cell death during development of the dopaminergic system is carefully orchestrated by locally secreted growth factors and the expression of transcription factors to ensure every neuron is carefully placed in its appropriate position and no 'miswiring' occurs. We hypothesize that the machinery directly responsible for executing cell death is composed of a precisely calibrated array of BCL2 proteins. Paradoxically, these BCL2 proteins, required for proper development of the dopaminergic system, may also cause vulnerability of this system in the adult, as these BCL2 proteins have recently been linked to Parkinson's disease. In addition to the intriguing possibility of finding useful biomarkers for predicting later neurodegeneration, further investigation of these factors could open new paths for treating Parkinson's disease.
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