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Brain Res. 2004 Jun 4;1010(1-2):10-6.

Beneficial effects of intraventricularly administered BMP-7 following a striatal 6-hydroxydopamine lesion.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, USA.


The present study was undertaken to investigate the effects of bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7), also named osteogenic protein-1 (OP-1), on the progression of a striatal 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesion. BMP-7, a member of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily of proteins, has been shown to have protective effects in other animal models of neuronal damage. In this study, male Fischer 344 rats received striatal 6-OHDA lesions followed 1 week later by an intraventricular dose of BMP-7. No significant effect of BMP-7 treatment on spontaneous locomotor activity was observed, however BMP-7 significantly increased the density of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) immunoreactivity (TH-ir) in the substantia nigra (SN) pars compacta, in the lesioned hemisphere [31.7+/-5.2 (optical density (O.D.) arbitrary units) control vs. 50.2+/-4.3 O.D. BMP-7-treated; p<0.05]. Interestingly, BMP-7 significantly increased TH-ir in the SN of the non-lesioned hemisphere (pars reticulata: 14.8+/-1.19 O.D. control vs. 36+/-2.6 O.D. BMP-7-treated, p<0.05; pars compacta: 29.0+/-4.9 O.D. control vs. 64.4+/-6.9 O.D. BMP-7-treated, p<0.001). A significant increase in DA concentration in the contralateral, non-lesioned hemisphere was also noted (113.2 ng/g control vs. 198.2 ng/g BMP-7-treated, p<0.01). In contrast to other intraventricularly administered neurotrophic factors, BMP-7 was not associated with an increase in the sensitivity to pain. These results suggest that BMP-7 is able to act as a dopaminotrophic agent without unwanted side effects and as such may be a useful pharmacological tool in the treatment of Parkinson's disease in humans.

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