Altered horse virus shows promise in fight against Parkinson’s

horse virus and parkinson's disease

From: HorseTalk

horse virus and parkinson's disease

PET scans show higher dopamine levels in key brain areas six months after the treatment.

A new gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease involving a genetically altered horse virus has achieved promising results in its first human tests, involving 15 patients.

Parkinson’s disease, which affects about 5 million people worldwide, is a neurological disease that affects patients’ movement. The main symptoms are involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body. It is caused by a gradual loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra.

Professor Nicholas Mazarakis, head of gene therapy at the Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London, devised the treatment approach while working at biopharmaceutical company Oxford BioMedica in 1997.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Their the horses go again, giving , helping making all our lives better!!!!!!!!How many reasons to Love them ???? Countless !!!!!!

    January 12, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    This is great news for Parkinson’s patients and I know several, but I am concerned that it doesn’t really help the horses, but can harm them more. As in the Premarin therapy, for instance. And I think I remember hearing something about the slaughter horses blood (?) being used for some medical procedure. This was a while ago. Please understand it is wonderful if it can prevent the symptoms from Parkinsons. Our horses are already being USED in so many ways.

    January 13, 2014
    • jfinch

      This virus comes from horses infected with EIA (Coggins Positive).

      January 14, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    Thanks Jerry – as I remember any horse that tests positive for EIA either has to be quarantined (for life?) or be put down. I remember a lot of controversy regarding the Coggins test years ago. There was a veterinarian that was opposed to it – seems to me he had a column and really pushed for a better way to test for EIA. This shows my age because it was a long time ago. I’m going to try & find some reference to that. If I luck out – I’ll let you know.

    January 14, 2014