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Samuel W. Caito, William M. Valentine and Michael Aschner Dopaminergic neurotoxicity of S-ethyl N,N-dipropylthiocarbamate (EPTC), molinate, and S-methyl-N,N-diethylthiocarbamate (MeDETC) in Caenorhabditis elegans Journal of Neurochemistry 127

Article first published online: 19 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jnc.12349

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A correlation exists between pesticide use and Parkinson's disease. We investigated the ability of thiocarbamate pesticides to induce dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Caenorhabditis elegans. Treatment with thiocarbamates led to selective loss of dopaminergic cell morphology, and decreased dopamine content and dopaminergic-dependent behavior. Our data suggest that thiocarbamate pesticides may be environmental risk factors for Parkinson's disease.

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