Gene Mutation May Increase Chances of Developing Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers, on Sunday, informed that a gene that is linked with the immune system might play a vital role in the development of Parkinson's disease.

They informed that a gene that is present in the human leukocyte antigen region comprises huge number of genes linked with immune system function, and it was strongly related to Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Cyrus Zabetian of the University of Washington and Veteran's Administration Puget Sound Health Care System said that this could mean that the immune system apparently had an important role to play in the development of Parkinson's disease.

His study has been published in the journal Nature Genetics.

He said that there were indications that the immune system might have some connection with Parkinson's disease, which is a neurodegenerative disease, affecting 1%-2% of populace that is aged more than 65.

While giving an interview, Zabetian said that this was the best proof found up to now.

The conclusions were made after evaluating long-term study on no less than 2,000 Parkinson's disease sufferers and testing 2,000 healthy partakers from clinics in Washington, Oregon, New York and Georgia.

Patients suffering from the condition witness vibrations, muscle stiffness, slow movements and find it difficult to maintain their balance.