Journal article

SK channel function regulates the dopamine phenotype of neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta

TD Aumann, I Gantois, K Egan, A Vais, D Tomas, J Drago, MK Horne

EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2008

Abstract

Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by loss of dopaminergic (DAergic) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). It is widely believed that replacing lost SNc DA neurons is a key to longer-term effective treatment of PD motor symptoms, but generating new SNc DA neurons in PD patients has proven difficult. Following loss of tyrosine hydroxylase-positive (TH+) SNc neurons in the rodent 6-hydroxy-DA (6-OHDA) model of PD, the number of TH+ neurons partially recovers and there is evidence this occurs via phenotype "shift" from TH- to TH+ cells. Understanding how this putative phenotype shift occurs may help increase SNc DAergic neurons in PD patients. In this study we characterize..

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