Published in Gene Therapy Weekly, June 26th, 2003
According to recent research from the United States, "alterations in motor response that complicate levodopa treatment of Parkinson's disease appear to involve sensitization of striatal ionotropic glutamate receptors. Since protein kinase C (PKC)-mediated phosphorylation regulates glutamatergic receptors of the alpha-amino-3-hydroxyl-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) subtype and has been linked to several forms of behavioral plasticity, activation of PKC signaling in striatal spiny neurons may also contribute to the motor plasticity changes associated with chronic levodopa...
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