Increased Levels of Ubiquitin in the 6-OHDA-Lesioned Striatum of Rats
2005 (English)In: Journal of Proteome Research, ISSN 1535-3893, E-ISSN 1535-3907, Vol. 4, no 2, 223-226 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Multiple genetic deficits have linked impaired ubiquitin-conjugation pathways to various forms of familiar Parkinson's disease. We therefore examined the possible role of 6-hydroxydopamine, a dopaminergic neurotoxin used in Parkinson's disease experimental models, in causing protein degradation and its association with the ubiquitin proteasome system. Using unilaterally 6-hydroxydopamine-denervated rats and mass spectrometry profiling directly on brain tissue sections, we here report for the first time an increased level of unconjugated ubiquitin specifically in the dorsal striatum of the dopamine depleted hemisphere. No similar changes were found in the intact hemisphere or in the ventral striatum of the dopamine depleted hemisphere. The lesioning of the dopamine innervation to the striatum was confirmed by a strongly reduced dopamine transporter binding in the striatum, indicating an abundant loss of dopamine neurons. These results suggest that denervation of dopamine neurons per se is implicated in the regulation of ubiquitin pathways, at least in a classical animal model of Parkinson's disease. This study adds additional information regarding the involvement of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in Parkinson's disease.
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2005. Vol. 4, no 2, 223-226 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-92419DOI: 10.1021/pr049836hPubMedID: 15822896OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-92419DiVA: diva2:165487