. Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 regulates the progression of neuropathology induced by Parkinson's-disease-related mutant alpha-synuclein. Neuron. 2009 Dec 24;64(6):807-27. PubMed.


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  1. The paper aims to understand a novel physiological function of LRRK2 by mingling with the mutant α-synuclein protein. The approach seems fascinating. The authors plausibly suggest a link between LRRK2 and AD via the microtubule binding protein tau. However, several mechanisms run in parallel between AD and PD. The question arises whether it is a single disease with multiple kinds of dysfunction or multiple disorders?

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