Newly Discovered Natural Protein Could Lead To Approaches To Prevent And Treat Blindness

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Scientists discovered a natural protein known as neuroserpin that could lead to new approaches to prevent and treat the eye disease glaucoma, which leads to blindness if not treated. They found that the protein has a significant role in retina health.

The findings of the study were printed in Scientific Reports. The research is led by Dr. Vivek Gupta, of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University, and other colleagues, according to Medical News Today.

Neuroserpin is found to regulate enzymes and maintains a natural protective environment in the eye. It also blocks the activity of an enzyme known as plasmin and protects neurons against plasmin-induced damage. It belongs to a family of “serpins,” which are sensitive to oxidation in environmental factors like air pollution.

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