Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (BS)
College of Science
Fang Ju Lin
Parkinson's disease (PD) causes rigidity, tremors, and posture impairments. There is no cure for this disease and its symptoms intensify with age. In this study, fruit flies were induced with PD using rotenone and the flies in treatment group were provided with food that contained nicotine to determine if nicotine causes neuroprotection and alleviates symptoms of PD. A climbing assay was used to assess the severity of symptoms of PD in the control and experimental groups. The PD induced flies that received nicotine did not show a significant difference in motor ability and therefore did not experience neuroprotection.
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Deudne, Lynsey, "Nicotine-Induced Neuroprotection in Drosophila Models of Parkinson's Disease" (2012). Honors Theses. 75.