Degeneration of mesencephalic dopaminergic neurons in klotho mouse related to vitamin D exposure

Arifumi Kosakai, Daisuke Ito, Yoshihiro Nihei, Shuji Yamashita, Yasunori Okada, Kazushi Takahashi, Norihiro Suzuki

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Parkinson's disease (PD), which is characterized by degeneration of mesencephalic dopaminergic neurons of unclear etiology, is primarily an age-related neurodegenerative disorder, while the normal process of aging is also known to decrease the number of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) and the ventral tegmental area (VTA). However, no consensus exists regarding how advancing age may predispose the dopaminergic system to PD. The Klotho-insufficient (klotho) mouse exhibits a syndrome that resembles human aging. Recent studies have revealed that abnormal activation of vitamin D is the major cause of this phenotype. In this study, we examined mesencephalic dopaminergic neurons of klotho mice and identified tyrosine hydroxylase-positive neurons in the SNc and VTA, and found that levels of striatal dopamine were significantly decreased with aging in klotho mice. Notably, these phenotypes were rescued by vitamin D restriction, suggesting that abnormal activation of vitamin D due to Klotho insufficiency leads to degeneration of the dopaminergic system. The present study provides new insights into the pathology of age-related degeneration of dopaminergic neurons possibly related to Klotho-mediated regulation of vitamin D.

ジャーナルBrain Research
出版ステータスPublished - 2011 3月 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 神経科学(全般)
  • 分子生物学
  • 臨床神経学
  • 発生生物学


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