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Neurochem Res. 2010 Mar;35(3):495-502. doi: 10.1007/s11064-009-0086-6. Epub 2009 Nov 6.

Intrastriatal transplantation of GDNF-engineered BMSCs and its neuroprotection in lactacystin-induced Parkinsonian rat model.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Huashan Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University, 12 Wulumuqi Middle Road, 200040, Shanghai, People's Republic of China.


The potential value of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) in treating Parkinson's disease (PD) remains controversial. In order to evaluate the therapeutic effect of GDNF-engineered bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) in parkinsonian rat model, GDNF-BMSCs and LacZ-BMSCs were transplanted into striatum and followed by Lactacystin lesioning at median forebrain bundles 1 week later. We observed that the intrastriatal transplantation of GDNF-BMSCs could significantly rescue the dopaminergic neurons from lactacystin-induced neurotoxicity with regard to behavioral recovery, tyrosine hydroxylase level in nigra and striatum, and striatal dopamine level. We interpret the outcomes that intrastriatal transplantation of GDNF-BMSCs might be beneficial in the treatment of PD.

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