Special Issue "Hallmarks of Parkinson’s Disease"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Cristine Alves Da Costa
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Guest Editor
Université Côte d’Azur, INSERM, CNRS, IPMC, team labeled “Laboratory of Excellence (LABEX) Distalz”, 660 route des Lucioles, 06560, Sophia-Antipolis, Valbonne, France
Interests: Parkinson’s disease; brain tumors; transcription; autophagy; cell death; unfolded protein response

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a movement disorder characterized by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. PD is the second cause of motor disability in aged populations, and it affects one person out of 1000. Thus, given the health and economic impacts associated with the increase of PD prevalence in aging populations, the decryptage of the molecular cascades responsible for the etiology of the disease and/or contributing to its progression is crucial. During the last few decades the huge effort of the scientifc community to gain insight into the pathophysiology of PD has culminated in the idenfication of multiple interconnected disfonctional processes. These frequent dysfunctions have been recently named “PD hallmarks” by Antonny and colleagues. This categorization, probably inspired by the seminal work of Hanahan and Weinberg concerning cancer hallmarks, also pinpoints the fact that degenerating neurons share several cellular defective processes.

This Special Issue offers an open access forum that gathers a collection of review articles aiming to update the current knowledge on PD pathogenesis. Suggested potential topics include, but are not restricted to, PD hallmarks, e.g., mitochondrial dysfunction, lysosomal and proteasome failure, neuroinflamation, protein misfolding, apoptosis, calcium inbalance, synaptic dysfunction, oxidative stress, mitophagy, propagation, and spreading.

Dr. Cristine Alves Da Costa
Guest Editor

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  • Parkinson’s disease
  • pathogenesis
  • neurogeneration
  • cellular common dysfunctional processes
  • genetics
  • animal models

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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