How Active Lrrk2 Causes Parkinson'S Disease

Grant number: 566743 | Funding period: 2009 - 2012



Parkinson's disease afflicts 100,000 Australians. Mutations in the recently identified enzyme Leucine-rich Repeat Kinase-2 are a common cause of Parkinson's disease. This project will use biochemical methods to understand how this brain enzyme causes disease by investigating its enzymology, modes of regulation, and target substrates that it modifies by addition of phosphate groups. Characterization of this enzyme will facilitate design of inhibitors to slow the course of Parkinson's disease.