Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common motor neuron disease for which there is no sufficiently effective therapy. We have reported in our earlier study that intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injection of activity-dependent neurotrophic factor (ADNF) improves motor performance of G93A-SOD1 transgenic mice without significant prolongation in survival. Here, we found that i.c.v. injection of a synthetic hybrid peptide named Colivelin composed of ADNF and AGA-(C8R)HNG17, a potent derivative of Humanin that is a bioactive peptide with anti-Alzheimer's disease activity, dose-dependently improved motor performance and prolonged survival of ALS mice. Histological analysis, performed at the age of 120 days, demonstrated increased motoneuronal survival in spinal cords of Colivelin-treated mice as compared with saline- or ADNF-treated mice, indicating that Colivelin is a promising neurotrophic peptide for treatment of ALS.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2006 May 12|
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- Molecular Biology