Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Exp Neurol. 2015 Aug;270:88-94. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2014.10.008. Epub 2014 Oct 23.

Fluoxetine is neuroprotective in slow-channel congenital myasthenic syndrome.

Author information

  • 1Department of Neurology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • 2School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA.
  • 3Department of Biology, The University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • 4Department of Pathology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • 5Department of Neurology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. Electronic address:


The slow-channel congenital myasthenic syndrome (SCS) is an inherited neurodegenerative disease that caused mutations in the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) affecting neuromuscular transmission. Leaky AChRs lead to Ca(2+) overload and degeneration of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) attributed to activation of cysteine proteases and apoptotic changes of synaptic nuclei. Here we use transgenic mouse models expressing two different mutations found in SCS to demonstrate that inhibition of prolonged opening of mutant AChRs using fluoxetine not only improves motor performance and neuromuscular transmission but also prevents Ca(2+) overload, the activation of cysteine proteases, calpain, caspase-3 and 9 at endplates, and as a consequence, reduces subsynaptic DNA damage at endplates, suggesting a long term benefit to therapy. These studies suggest that prolonged treatment of SCS patients with open ion channel blockers that preferentially block mutant AChRs is neuroprotective.


Acetylcholine receptor; Ca2+ overload; Fluoxetine; Ion channel blockers; Mutation; Neurodegenerative disease; Neuromuscular junction; Neuromuscular transmission; Neuroprotective; Slow-channel congenital myasthenic syndrome; Subsynaptic DNA damage

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center