A protein that could protect against neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s has been discovered.

A team of researchers from the Charing Cross Hospital and Imperial College in London, England have discovered that the naturally occurring protein, 27-kDa heat-shock protein (HSP27), can reduce cell death in the brain.

The discovery, reported in the May 30 issue of The Journal of Biological Chemistry, involved transgenic mice that had high levels of HSP 27 throughout the brain, spinal cord and other tissues.

HSP 27 was found to reduce neuronal cell death in the hippocampus, an area of the brain affected by neurological diseases.
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