Iron Export Protein Failure In Parkinsonism And Dementia

Grant number: 1044542 | Funding period: 2013 - 2016



We recently discovered a novel relationship between the Alzheimer’s amyloid precursor protein (APP) and tau, and that both proteins play a role in regulating iron levels in the brain. We predict that a loss or multiple failures in these iron-regulating systems could foster a toxic iron accumulation in brain, leading to the development of diseases with dementia such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. We hope to gain a better understanding of their mechanism of action and propose that this pathway is a target for therapeutic intervention.