Glial reactions in Parkinson's disease

Kinsmen Laboratory of Neurological Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Movement Disorders (Impact Factor: 5.68). 03/2008; 23(4):474-83. DOI: 10.1002/mds.21751
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Dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra are particularly vulnerable to oxidative and inflammatory attack. Such processes may play a crucial role in the etiology of Parkinson disease (PD). Since glia are the main generators of these processes, the possibility that PD may be caused by glial dysfunction needs to be considered. This review concentrates on glial reactions in PD. Reactive astrocytes and reactive microglia are abundant in the substantia nigra (SN) of PD cases indicating a robust inflammatory state. Glia normally serve neuroprotective roles but, given adverse stimulation, they may contribute to damaging chronic inflammation. Microglia, the phagocytes of brain, may be the main contributors since they can produce large numbers of superoxide anions and other neurotoxins. Their toxicity towards dopaminergic neurons has been demonstrated in tissue culture and various animal models of PD. The MPTP and alpha-synuclein models are of particular interest. Years after exposure to MPTP, inflammation has been observed in the SN. This has established that an acute insult to the SN can result in a sustained local inflammation. The alpha-synuclein model indicates that an endogenous protein can induce inflammation, and, when overexpressed, can lead to autosomal dominant PD. Less is known about the role of astrocytes than microglia, but they are known to secrete both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory molecules and may play a role in modulating microglial activity. Oligodendrocytes do not seem to play a role in promoting inflammation although, like neurons, they may be damaged by inflammatory processes. Further research concerning glial reactions in PD may lead to disease-modifying therapeutic approaches.

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    • "Systemic injections of MPTP result in a rapid onset of neuroinflammatory responses in the SN as well as in the CPu. These astroglia-and microglia-mediated responses are triggered by the impairment of mDA neuron function and maintenance, making the MPTP model suitable to analyse the associated neuroinflammatory changes[37]. Due to its lipophilic nature and the ability to cross the BBB, the MPTP model has the advantage that microglia are not activated by direct injections or by mechanical manipulations of the central nervous system (CNS). "
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    ABSTRACT: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterised by histopathological and biochemical manifestations such as loss of midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neurons and decrease in dopamine levels accompanied by a concomitant neuroinflammatory response in the affected brain regions. Over the past decades, the use of toxin-based animal models has been crucial to elucidate disease pathophysiology, and to develop therapeutic approaches aimed to alleviate its motor symptoms. Analyses of transgenic mice deficient for cytokines, chemokine as well as neurotrophic factors and their respective receptors in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) model of PD have broadened the current knowledge of neuroinflammation and neurotrophic support. Here, we provide a comprehensive review that summarises the contribution of microglia-mediated neuroinflammation in MPTP-induced neurodegeneration. Moreover, we highlight the contribution of neurotrophic factors as endogenous and/or exogenous molecules to slow the progression of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons and further discuss the potential of combined therapeutic approaches employing neuroinflammation modifying agents and neurotrophic factors.
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    • "Microglia—the resident immune cells of the central nervous system (CNS)—are involved in a plethora of neurodegenerative pathologies (Prinz and Priller, 2014) and interestingly, show a higher density in the SN and CPu as compared to other brain areas (Lawson et al., 1990; Sharaf et al., 2013). In human PD cases, microglia reactivity has been extensively described (McGeer and McGeer, 2008). Moreover, due to their unique origin (Prinz and Priller, 2014), microglia undergo ageing and are believed to become senescent, a phenomenon which is likely to impair their normal functions (Streit, 2006). "
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    • "There have been several attempts to improve cell culture-based test systems for clinical predictivity by a transition from rodent to human cells, and by incorporation of glial cells to neuronal cultures (McNaught and Jenner, 1999; Liu et al., 2009). For co-culture systems, the major focus has been on microglia as the second cell type apart from neurons (McGeer and McGeer, 2008), but astrocytes have been used, for example, with motor neurons or in order to stabilize stem cell-derived neurons (Reinhardt et al., 2013; Zhang et al., 2013). Concerning the transition to human cells, tumour cell lines have often been used as surrogates for neurons (Zhao et al., 2013; Chong et al., 2014). "
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