RESEARCHERS at Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute have developed a new technique for discovering natural compounds which could form the basis of novel therapeutic drugs.
The corresponding author, Professor Ronald Quinn AM said testing the new process on a marine sponge had delivered not only confirmation that the system is effective, but also a potential lead in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
“We have found a new screening method which allows us to identify novel molecules drawn from nature to test for biological activity,” Professor Quinn said.
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“As it happens, the first new compound we discovered through this process has demonstrated a response in Parkinson’s disease cells.”