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Transgenic mice expressing human Bcl-2 in their neurons are resistant to 6-hydroxydopamine and 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6- tetrahydropyridine neurotoxicity.

D Offen, PM Beart, NS Cheung, CJ Pascoe, A Hochman, S Gorodin, E Melamed, R Bernard, O Bernard

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | Published : 1998


The protooncogene bcl-2 inhibits neuronal apoptosis during normal brain development as well as that induced by cytotoxic drugs or growth factor deprivation. We have previously demonstrated that neurons of mice deficient in Bcl-2 are more susceptible to neurotoxins and that the dopamine (DA) level in the striatum after systemic 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6 tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) administration was significantly lower than in wild-type mice. In the present study we have used transgenic mice overexpressing human Bcl-2 under the control of neuron-specific enolase promoter (NSE-hbcl-2) to test the effects of the neurotoxins 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) and MPTP on neuronal survival in these mice. P..

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