A rat model of Parkinsonism shows depletion of dopamine in the retina

Biehlmaier, O. and Alam, M. and Schmidt, W. J.. (2007) A rat model of Parkinsonism shows depletion of dopamine in the retina. Neurochemistry International, 50 (1). pp. 189-195.

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The retinal dopamine (DA) deficiency is an important feature of the pathogenesis in Parkinson`s disease (PD) visual dysfunction. Systemic inhibition of complex I (rotenone) in rats has been proposed as a model of PD. In this study, we investigated whether systemic inhibition of complex I can induce impairment of DA-ergic cells in the retina, similar to the destruction of retinal cells found in PD patients. Rotenone (2.5mg/kg i.p., daily) was administered over 60 days. Neurochemically, rotenone treated rats showed a depletion of DA in the striatum and substantia nigra (SN). In addition, the number of retinal DA-ergic amacrine cells was significantly reduced in the rotenone treated animals. This study is the first one giving highlight towards a deeper understanding of systemic complex I inhibition (rotenone as an environmental toxin) and the connection between both, DA-ergic degeneration in the nigrostriatal pathway, and in the DA-ergic amacrine cells of the retina.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Services Biozentrum > Imaging Core Facility (Biehlmaier)
UniBasel Contributors:Biehlmaier, Oliver
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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