Principal Investigators

    Domanskyi Andrii


    University of Helsinki

    Contact information of lead PI



    Title of project or programme

    Neuroprotective microRNAs, trophic factors and ER stress in adult dopaminergic neurons: significance for Parkinson’s disease

    Source of funding information

    Academy of Finland

    Total sum awarded (Euro)

    € 408,119

    Start date of award


    Total duration of award in years



    Research Abstract

    Cells in our body use the information encoded in the DNA to direct protein synthesis. This process is carefully controlled by many molecules including microRNAs that regulate the levels of specific proteins. The microRNAs are extremely important for normal cellular functions. For example, when we, using genetic manipulations, ablated all microRNAs in dopaminergic neurons, these neurons rapidly degenerated. Similar degeneration of this neuronal population also occurs in Parkinson’s disease patients. Neurotrophic factor proteins can support and protect neurons, but the mechanism of their action is not yet fully understood. We believe that particular microRNAs mediate the protective functions of neurotrophic factors. In this project we aim to identify specific neurotrophic factor induced microRNAs that are essential for neuronal survival and are able to prevent the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. This work may lead to the development of novel therapies to treat Parkinson’s disease.

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Types: Investments < €500k
Member States: Finland
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Years: 2016
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