Experimental Models of Parkinson's Disease: From the Static to the Dynamic

Basal Gang, Laboratoire de Neurophysiologie, Université de Bordeaux II, France.
Reviews in the neurosciences (Impact Factor: 3.33). 02/1998; 9(2):71-90. DOI: 10.1515/REVNEURO.1998.9.2.71
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The experimental models of Parkinson's disease (PD) available today can be divided into two categories according to the mode of action of the compound used: transient pharmacological impairment of dopaminergic transmission along the nigrostriatal pathway or selective destruction by a neurotoxic agent of the dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta. The present article looks at the relative merits of each model, the clinical symptoms and neuronal impairment it induces, and the contribution it could make to the development of a truly dynamic model. It is becoming more and more clear that there is an urgent need for a chronic model integrating all the clinical features of PD including resting tremor, and reproducing the gradual but continuous nigral degeneration observed in the human pathology. Discrepancies have been reported several times between results obtained in classic animal models and those described in PD, and it would seem probable that such contradictions can be ascribed to the fact that animal models do not, as yet, reproduce the continuous evolution of the human disease. Dynamic experimental models which come closer to the progressive neurodegeneration and gradual intensification of motor disability so characteristic of human PD will enable us to investigate crucial aspects of the disease, such as compensatory mechanisms and dyskinesia.

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    • "Although we here focus on MPTP primate models of PD, we do not ignore the value of other MPTP models (see Tieu 2011). MPTP has been shown to be toxic in a large range of species (Bezard et al. 1998). The most popular species, besides primates, is the mouse (Heikkila et al. 1984), as rats were found to be resistant to this toxin (Chiueh et al. 1984). "
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