Journal article

Midbrain dopaminergic neurogenesis and behavioural recovery in a salamander lesion-induced regeneration model

Clare L Parish, Anna Beljajeva, Ernest Arenas, Andras Simon

Development | COMPANY BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

Death and lack of functional regeneration of midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neurons, decreased DA input in the target striatum and movement anomalies characterise Parkinson's disease (PD). There is currently no cure for PD. One way to promote recovery would be to induce or enhance DA neurogenesis. Whether DA neurogenesis occurs in the adult midbrain is a matter of debate. Here, we describe the creation of a salamander 6-hydroxydopamine model of PD to examine midbrain DA regeneration. We demonstrate a robust and complete regeneration of the mesencephalic and diencephalic DA system after elimination of DA neurons. Regeneration is contributed by DA neurogenesis, leads to histological restoration, a..

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