Targeting α-synuclein as a therapeutic strategy for Parkinsons disease

Nada B. Lawand, Nayef E. Saadé, Omar M. El-Agnaf, Bared Safieh-Garabedian

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Introduction: α-Synuclein, a neuronal protein, plays a central role in the pathophysiology of Parkinsons disease (PD), the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder. Cases of PD have increased tremendously over the past decade necessitating the identification of new therapeutic targets to reduce patient morbidity and to improve PD patients quality of life.Areas covered: The purpose of this article is to provide an update on the role of α-synuclein in fibrils formation and review its role as an effective immunotherapeutic target for PD. The rapidly expanding evidence for the contribution of α-synuclein to the pathogenesis of PD led to the development of antibodies against the C terminus of α-synuclein and other molecules involved in the inflammatory signaling pathways that were found to contribute significantly to initiation and progression of the disease.Expert opinion: The readers will obtain new insights on the mechanisms by which α-synuclein can trigger the development of PD and other related degenerative disorders along with the potential role of active and passive antibodies targeted against specific form of α-synuclein aggregates to clear neurotoxicity, stop the propagation of the prion-like behavior of these oligomers and reverse neuronal degeneration associated with PD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1351-1360
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 3 2015


  • Lewy bodies
  • Parkinson's disease
  • immunotherapy
  • inflammation
  • neurodegenerative disorder
  • synucleinopathies
  • α-synuclein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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