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Astrocyte-specific IKK2 activation in mice is sufficient to induce neuroinflammation but does not increase susceptibility to MPTP.
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PMID:  22750522     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A key regulator of inflammatory gene expression is the transcription factor NF-κB that is controlled by the IκB proteins. We used a transgenic mouse model expressing a constitutively active IκB-kinase-2 (IKK2-CA) in astrocytes under control of the human glial fibrillary acidic protein promotor (IKK2-mice) to investigate neuroinflammation, proinflammatory cytokine expression, microglial activation and a potential enhanced susceptibility to the neurotoxin MPTP (4×10mg/kg). Readouts included the determination of cytokines, striatal dopamine (DA), nigral tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) positive neurons, microglial activation and motor activity. IKK2-CA expression in astrocytes conditionally induced by the tet-off system resulted in a widespread neuroinflammation indicated by the increased expression of inflammatory cytokines and presence of activated microglia and astrogliosis. Additionally, striatal DA concentrations but not nigral TH-positive neurons were reduced in IKK2-mice by 20%. Motor activity of IKK2-mice was not affected. Surprisingly, there was a similar reduction in striatal DA concentrations and number of nigral TH-positive neurons in IKK2 and control mice after MPTP treatment. In conclusion, although naïve IKK2-mice showed reduced striatal DA concentrations and an increase in inflammatory markers in the brain, a higher susceptibility to MPTP was not observed. This finding argues against a prominent role of astrocyte specific, IKK2-mediated neuroinflammation in MPTP-induced neurodegeneration.
Patrick Oeckl; Michael Lattke; Thomas Wirth; Bernd Baumann; Boris Ferger
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurobiology of disease     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1095-953X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-7-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9500169     Medline TA:  Neurobiol Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc.
CNS Diseases Research, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Birkendorfer Str. 65, 88397 Biberach an der Riss, Germany.
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