Biphasic and bilateral changes in striatal VGLUT1 and 2 protein expression in hemi-Parkinson rats

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Analysis, Research Group Experimental Pharmacology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussels, Belgium.
Neurochemistry International (Impact Factor: 3.09). 05/2010; 57(2):111-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuint.2010.04.019
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Parkinson's disease is characterized by disturbed glutamatergic neurotransmission in the striatum. Important mediators of extracellular glutamate levels are the vesicular glutamate transporters VGLUT1 and VGLUT2 in respectively corticostriatal and thalamostriatal afferents, next to the high-affinity Na(+)/K(+)-dependent glutamate transporters and the cystine/glutamate antiporter. In the present study, we compared bilateral striatal VGLUT1 and VGLUT2 protein expression as well as VGLUT1 and VGLUT2 transcript levels in the neocortex and parafascicular nucleus of hemi-Parkinson rats at different time intervals post unilateral 6-OHDA injection into the medial forebrain bundle versus controls. Three weeks post-injection we detected increased striatal VGLUT1 expression together with decreased VGLUT2 expression. On the other hand, after twelve weeks, the expression of VGLUT1 was decreased in hemi-Parkinson rats whereas the striatal expression of VGLUT2 was comparable to control rats. No effect could be seen on VGLUT transcript levels in the respective projection areas at any time. In conclusion, we observed a biphasic and bilateral change in the protein expression levels of both VGLUTs in the striatum of hemi-Parkinson rats indicative for a different and time-dependent change in glutamatergic neurotransmission from the two types of striatal afferents.

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