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Targeting glutamate mediated excitotoxicity in Huntington's disease: neural progenitors and partial glutamate antagonist--memantine.
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PMID:  20943326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disorder with autosomal dominant inheritance. In humans mutated huntingtin (htt) induces a preferential loss of medium spiny neurons (MSN) of the striatum and causes motor, cognitive and emotional deficits. One of the proposed cellular mechanism underlying medium spiny neurons degeneration is excitotoxic pathways mediated by glutamate receptors. The hypothesis proposed is restoration of medium spiny neurons in Huntington's disease using neural progenitor cell implantation and attenuation of glutamate mediated excitotoxicity using a partial glutamate antagonist - Memantine. Memantine can block the NMDA receptors and will prevent excess calcium influx into the neurons decreases the vulnerability of medium spiny neurons to glutamate mediated excitotoxicity. Neural progenitor cell implantation can enhance endogenous neurogenesis process replacing the degenerated medium spiny neurons in the striatum. This has immense significance in the management of Huntington's disease.
M Anitha; M S Nandhu; T R Anju; P Jes; C S Paulose
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-10-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical hypotheses     Volume:  76     ISSN:  1532-2777     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Hypotheses     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505668     Medline TA:  Med Hypotheses     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  138-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Molecular Neurobiology and Cell Biology Unit, Center for Neuroscience, Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 682 022, Kerala, India.
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