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Brain Res Bull. 2012 Sep 1;88(6):609-16. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2012.05.013. Epub 2012 Jun 1.

DJ-1 protein protects dopaminergic neurons against 6-OHDA/MG-132-induced neurotoxicity in rats.

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State Key Laboratory of Natural and Biomimetic Drugs, Peking University, Beijing 100191, PR China.


Parkinson disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, and it cannot be completely cured by current medications. In this study, DJ-1 protein was administrated into medial forebrain bundle of PD model rats those had been microinjected with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) or MG-132. We found that DJ-1 protein could reduce apomorphine-induced rotations, inhibit reduction of dopamine contents and tyrosine hydroxylase levels in the striatum, and decrease dopaminergic neuron death in the substantia nigra. In 6-OHDA lesioned rats, uncoupling protein-4, uncoupling protein-5 and superoxide dismutase-2 (SOD2) mRNA and SOD2 protein were increased when DJ-1 protein was co-injected. Simultaneously, administration of DJ-1 protein reduced α-synuclein and hypoxia-inducible factor 1α mRNA and α-synuclein protein in MG-132 lesioned rats. Therefore, DJ-1 protein protected dopaminergic neurons in two PD model rats by increasing antioxidant capacity and inhibiting α-synuclein expression.

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