Alpha-Synuclein Produces Early Behavioral Alterations Via Striatal Cholinergic Synaptic Dysfunction by Interacting with GluN2D N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Subunit.

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Advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by massive degeneration of nigral dopaminergic neurons, dramatic motor and cognitive alterations, and presence of nigral Lewy bodies, whose main constituent is α-synuclein (α-syn). However, the synaptic mechanisms underlying behavioral and motor effects induced by early selective overexpression of nigral α-syn are still a matter of debate.


  • Alessandro Tozzi
  • Antonio de Iure
  • Vincenza Bagetta
  • Michela Tantucci
  • Valentina Durante
  • Ana Quiroga-Varela
  • Cinzia Costa
  • Massimiliano Di Filippo
  • Veronica Ghiglieri
  • Emanuele Claudio Latagliata
  • Michal Wegrzynowicz
  • Mickael Decressac
  • Carmela Giampà
  • Jeffrey W Dalley
  • Jing Xia
  • Fabrizio Gardoni
  • Manuela Mellone
  • Omar Mukhtar El-Agnaf
  • Mustafa Taleb Ardah
  • Stefano Puglisi-Allegra
  • Maria Grazia Spillantini
  • Barbara Picconi
  • Paolo Calabresi
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  • Neurosciences
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiological Psychiatry
Early online date2015 Aug 20
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch