As per a research, being taken out by a group of researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester, it has been revealed that they have found out a pathway, which causes brain cell death in mice, which have been down with neurodegenerative disease.
The research has given them hope that they will be able to treat human neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's other diseases. They were able to block the pathway in mice and are thinking to do the same in humans as well.
Lead researcher Professor Giovanna Mallucci said, "What's exciting is the emergence of a common mechanism of brain cell death, across a range of different neurodegenerative disorders, activated by the different mis-folded proteins in each disease".
In order to reach at the above given result, the study researchers studied mice, who were affected with prion disease, a neurodegenerative disease. Mallucci said that mice serve as excellent study models and also act as excellent representation of human neurodegenerative disorders.
The study, which was funded by the MRC, has raised hopes among the study researchers that they will be able to find root cause of neurodegenerative diseases as well as solution for them.