Knock down of GAD67 protein levels normalizes neuronal activity in a rat model of Parkinson's disease.

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BACKGROUND: Dopamine depletion of the striatum is one of the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease. The loss of dopamine upregulates GAD67 expression in the striatal projection neurons and causes other changes in the activity of the basal ganglia circuit. METHODS: To normalize the GAD67 expression in the striatum after dopamine depletion we developed several lentiviral vectors that express RNAi directed against GAD67 mRNA. The vectors were injected into the striatum of hemiparkinsonian rats and the level of GAD67 protein as well as a marker of neuronal activity, mtCO1, was analyzed using Western blots. RESULTS: Unilateral lesions of the dopamine neurons in substantia nigra resulted in an increased level of GAD67 protein in the ipsilateral striatum. Furthermore, we detected significantly higher levels of mtCO1, after dopamine depletion in the striatum. Using a lentiviral vectors with a synthetic miRNA scaffold to deliver RNAi we were able to normalize the GAD67 protein levels in the parkinsonian rat striatum. In addition, we were able to normalize the increased neural activity, which resulted from the loss of dopamine as measured by the marker mtCO1. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that RNAi directed against GAD67 may be a valid approach to correct the dysregulation of the basal ganglia circuit in a rat model of Parkinson's disease. The possibility to correct for a loss of dopamine using non-dopamimetic tools is interesting as it may be more directed towards the casual mechanisms of the motor symptoms. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


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  • Neurosciences


  • 6-hydroxydopamine lesion, GAD67, lentiviral vector, mtCO1, Parkinson's, disease, RNAi, striatum, synthetic miRNA
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-197
JournalJournal of Gene Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch