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The Pathogenic Mechanism of α-Synucleinopathies and Development of Preventive/Therapeutic Drugs

Submission deadline: 31 March 2024
Special Issue Editors
  • Ichiro Kawahata, PhD
    Department of Pharmacology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
    Interests: α-Synuclein; fatty acid-binding protein; dopamine receptor; Parkinson’s disease; dementia with lewy bodies
  • Kohji Fukunaga, PhD
    Department of Pharmacology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
    Interests: CaMKII; proteasome; calcium channel; Alzheimer’s disease; multiple sclerosis; ischemia; addiction
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

α-Synucleinopathies are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by the abnormal accumulation of α-synuclein protein in the brain. These disorders include Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and multiple system atrophy. The pathogenesis of α-synucleinopathies is not completely understood, and societal issues are associated with both the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. One of the primary factors in α-synucleinopathies is the cause of the abnormal accumulation of α-synuclein protein. Both genetic and environmental factors are involved; however, the exact mechanisms are still not well understood. Additionally, it is not yet clear whether the accumulation of α-synuclein is the cause of the neurodegeneration in these disorders or if it is a secondary effect. Another uncertainty is the lack of reliable biomarkers for α-synucleinopathies. Currently, the diagnosis of these disorders relies on clinical symptoms, which can be difficult to distinguish from other neurodegenerative diseases. Developing accurate biomarkers could lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment options. Therefore, it is necessary to explore pathogenic mechanisms to find novel therapeutic targets and unique biomarkers.

This special issue aims to advance understanding of the pathogenic mechanism of α-synucleinopathies, including Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and multiple system atrophy. The abnormal accumulation of α-synuclein protein is a hallmark of these disorders, but the exact mechanisms that lead to this accumulation and subsequent neurodegeneration are not yet fully understood. By studying the pathogenic mechanisms of these disorders, we hope to identify novel therapeutic targets for the development of effective treatments and investigate unique biomarkers to reveal their physiological significance. We welcome a wide range of topics, from basic science to clinical research on α-synucleinopathies.

Dr. Ichiro Kawahata and Dr. Kohji Fukunaga
Guest Editors

Parkinson’s disease
dementia with Lewy bodies
multiple system atrophy
dopaminergic neurons
dopamine receptors
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Planned Paper (2 Papers)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to IMR Press journals will subject to peer-review before acceptance

Therapeutic impact of the proteasome in α-synucleinopathies

Kohji Fukunaga et al

Impact of fatty acid-binding protein 2 in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease

Tomoki Sekimori et al

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