Parkinson's & Calcium Channels
Lindsay Creque, Alaina Coleman
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Two genes responsible for Parkinson's disease: The alpha-synuclein gene located in the long arm of chromosome 4, and the parkin gene located in the long arm of chromosome 6.
Causes of Parkinson's/Symptoms
In the brain, dopamine acts as a neurotransmitter and releases neurons to send signals.
Symptoms: Freezing/ hesitating before stepping, micrographia (shrinking of handwriting), mask-like expression, unwanted accelerations, stooped posture, tremors, stiff muscles, and decreased swinging of the arms.
Cell Signaling Pathway Involved
-Short distance signaling (cell to cell)
Pathway of Parkinson's
Advances/Direction of Current Research
- Developed tools and techniques for neural circuits.
- Shows how circuits turn on and off by testing animals.