Pramipexole Protects Spinal Motor Neuron Death Against Glutamate-Induced Neurotoxicity

2011 Journal of Neurology Research  
To determine the possible neuroprotective effect of pramipexole (PPX) against glutamate-induced neurotoxicity, we analyzed the neuroprotective utility of PPX on a postnatal organotypic culture model of rat spinal motor neuron degeneration. Methods and Results : Treatment with 10 -5 M of glutamate resulted in a motor neuron loss and decreased activity of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT). Cotreatment of 10 -5 M of glutamate and PPX revealed a protective effect against motor neuron death and
more » ... ron death and decreased activity of ChAT. Conclusions: This results show PPX possesses neuroprotective action against glutamate-induced neurotoxicity on spinal motor neuron possibly through a mechanism, which is independent of dopamine receptors but related to antioxidation or scavenging of free radicals. Our data may provide a rationale for designing a therapeutic strategy for neuroprotection against pathologically induced motor neuron death such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal motor neuropathy.
doi:10.4021/jnr61w fatcat:zowhcb7jzvbqtmvnh5evlwzldq