Journal article

Neuroprotective Copper Bis(thiosemicarbazonato) Complexes Promote Neurite Elongation

Laura Bica, Jeffrey R Liddell, Paul S Donnelly, Clare Duncan, Aphrodite Caragounis, Irene Volitakis, Brett M Paterson, Roberto Cappai, Alexandra Grubman, James Camakaris, Peter J Crouch, Anthony R White

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2014

Abstract

Abnormal biometal homeostasis is a central feature of many neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), and motor neuron disease. Recent studies have shown that metal complexing compounds behaving as ionophores such as clioquinol and PBT2 have robust therapeutic activity in animal models of neurodegenerative disease; however, the mechanism of neuroprotective action remains unclear. These neuroprotective or neurogenerative processes may be related to the delivery or redistribution of biometals, such as copper and zinc, by metal ionophores. To investigate this further, we examined the effect of the bis(thiosemicarbazonato)-copper complex, Cu(II)(gts..

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