Year of Publication

2014

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Dr. D. Allan Butterfield

Abstract

Parkinson disease (PD) is the most common movement disorder and the second most common neurodegenerative disease. PINK1, PTEN-induced kinase 1, functions as a serine/threonine kinase as well as a protector of mitochondrial function. Mutations in PINK1 gene result in either mitochondria dysfunction or disruption of kinase signaling pathways involved in the pathogenesis of PD.

In this thesis, oxidative stress levels were examined in the brain of PINK1 knockout mice, and also how heme oxygenase-1 and biliverdin reductase are affected in brain of PINK1 knockout mice. In addition, posttranslational modifications are a way to control the behavior of proteins, so posttranslational modifications of the brain of PINK1 knockout mice, including both oxidative modification and phosphorylative modification, were examined.

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Biochemistry Commons

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