Iron Efflux from Astrocytes Plays a Role in Remyelination

Centre for Research in Neuroscience, The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Québec H3G 1A4, Canada.
The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 6.34). 04/2012; 32(14):4841-7. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5328-11.2012
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How iron is delivered to the CNS for myelination is not well understood. We assessed whether astrocytes can provide iron to cells in the CNS for remyelination. To study this we generated a conditional deletion of the iron efflux transporter ferroportin (Fpn) in astrocytes, and induced focal demyelination in the mouse spinal cord dorsal column by microinjection of lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC). Remyelination assessed by electron microscopy was reduced in astrocyte-specific Fpn knock-out mice compared with wild-type controls, as was proliferation of oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs). Cell culture work showed that lack of iron reduces the ability of microglia to express cytokines (TNF-α and IL-1β) involved in remyelination. Furthermore, astrocytes in culture express high levels of FGF-2 in response to IL-1β, and IGF-1 in response to TNF-α stimulation. FGF-2 and IGF-1 are known to be important for myelination. Reduction in IL-1β and IGF-1 were also seen in astrocyte-specific Fpn knock-out mice after LPC-induced demyelination. These data suggest that iron efflux from astrocytes plays a role in remyelination by either direct effects on OPCs or indirectly by affecting glial activation.

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