Validity of the MPTP-Treated Mouse as a Model for Parkinson's Disease
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SourceMolecular Neurobiology, 53, 3, (2016), pp. 1625-1636
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Molecular Animal Physiology
SubjectMolecular Animal Physiology; Radboudumc 3: Disorders of movement DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience; Radboudumc 7: Neurodevelopmental disorders DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by dopaminergic (DA) neuron death in the substantia nigra (SN) and subsequent striatal adaptations. Mice treated with the neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyrimidine (MPTP) are widely used as a model for PD. To assess the validity of the MPTP mouse model for PD pathogenesis, we here identify the biological processes that are dysregulated in both human PD and MPTP-treated mice. Gene enrichment analysis of published differentially expressed messenger RNAs (mRNAs) in the SN of PD patients and MPTP-treated mice revealed an enrichment of gene categories related to motor dysfunction and neurodegeneration. In the PD striatum, a similar enrichment was found, whereas in the striatum of MPTP mice, acute processes linked to epilepsy were selectively enriched shortly following MPTP treatment. More importantly, we integrated the proteins encoded by the differentially expressed mRNAs into molecular landscapes showing PD pathogenesis-implicated processes only in the SN, including vesicular trafficking, exocytosis, mitochondrial apoptosis, and DA neuron-specific transcription, but not in the striatum. We conclude that the current use of the MPTP mouse as a model for studying the molecular processes in PD pathogenesis is more valid for SN than striatal mechanisms in PD. This novel insight has important practical implications for future studies using this model to investigate PD pathogenesis and evaluate the efficacy of new treatments.
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