The invention relates to nematodes as model organisms for the investigation of neurodegenerative diseases in particular. Parkinsons disease, uses and methods for the discovery of substances and genes which can be used in the treatment of the above disease states and identification of a nematode gene, from C. elegans, which is homologous to the human parkin gene associated with Parkinsons disease. The invention further relates to those nematodes which contain an aberrant or missing expression of at least one gene, preferably a parkin gene and/or a alpha-synuclein gene, which is connected with Parkinsons disease. According to the invention, the above organisms can be used for the identification and characterisation of medicaments for the treatment of said disease states.

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  • Publication: Jul 15, 2008
  • Application: Apr 4, 2003
    US US 23924903 A
  • Priority: Mar 21, 2001
    EP EP 0103214 W
  • Priority: Mar 22, 2000
    DE DE 10014109 A

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