Neurodegenerative disorders are a group of diseases that are characterized by the progressive loss of neurons. These diseases are often caused by the accumulation of misfolded proteins, which can damage and kill neurons.
Lanosterol is a natural sterol that is found in the body. It has been shown to improve proteasome activity and prevent protein aggregation. This suggests that lanosterol may be a potential therapeutic for neurodegenerative disorders.
In a recent study, researchers found that lanosterol treatment increased proteasome activity in cells. This led to the degradation of misfolded proteins, which prevented them from accumulating and causing damage.
Lanosterol treatment also prevented the aggregation of model proteins, which are proteins that are known to misfold and aggregate in neurodegenerative disorders. These results suggest that lanosterol may be able to prevent the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, which could slow or even halt the progression of neurodegenerative disorders.
More research is needed to determine whether lanosterol is safe and effective for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders in humans. However, these findings suggest that lanosterol is a promising candidate for further development.