Inhibitors of leucine-rich repeat kinase-2 protect against models of Parkinson's disease.

Neuroregeneration Program, Institute for Cell Engineering, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Nature medicine (Impact Factor: 28.05). 09/2010; 16(9):998-1000. DOI: 10.1038/nm.2199
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ABSTRACT Leucine-rich repeat kinase-2 (LRRK2) mutations are a common cause of Parkinson's disease. Here we identify inhibitors of LRRK2 kinase that are protective in in vitro and in vivo models of LRRK2-induced neurodegeneration. These results establish that LRRK2-induced degeneration of neurons in vivo is kinase dependent and that LRRK2 kinase inhibition provides a potential new neuroprotective paradigm for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

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