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Inhibition of astrocytes promotes long-distance growing nerve fibers in ventral mesencephalic cultures
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Histology and Cell Biology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Histology and Cell Biology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Histology and Cell Biology.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, ISSN 0736-5748, E-ISSN 1873-474X, Vol. 26, no 7, 683-691 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tyrosine hydroxylase-positive nerve fiber formation occurs in two diverse morphological patterns in rat fetal ventral mesencephalic slice cultures; one is non-glial-associated and the other is glial-associated. The aim of this study was to characterize the non-glial-associated nerve fibers and its relation to migration of astrocytes. Organotypic slice cultures were prepared from embryonic days 12, 14, and 18 rat fetuses and maintained for 5, 7 or 14 days in vitro. Inhibition of cell proliferation using cytosine beta-D-arabinofuranoside was conducted in embryonic day 14 ventral mesencephalic cultures. The treatment impaired astrocytic migration at 7 and 14 days in vitro. The reduced migration of astrocytes exerted a negative effect on the glial-associated tyrosine hydroxylase-positive nerve fibers, reducing the outgrowth from the tissue slice. The non-glial-associated outgrowth was, however, positively affected by reduced astrocytic migration, reaching distances around 3mm in 2 weeks, and remained for longer time in culture. Co-cultures of fetal ventral mesencephalon and frontal cortex revealed the cortex as a target for the non-glial-associated tyrosine hydroxylase-positive outgrowth. The age of the fetal tissue at plating affected the astrocytes such that older tissue increased the length of astrocyte migration. Younger tissue at plating promoted the presence of non-glial-associated outgrowth and long radial-glia-like processes, while older tissue promoted migration of neurons instead of formation of nerve fiber network. In conclusion, inhibition of astrocytic proliferation promotes the persistence of long-distance growing tyrosine hydroxylase-positive nerve fibers in ventral mesencephalic slices cultures. Furthermore, the long-distance growing nerve fibers target the frontal cortex and are absent in cultures derived from older tissue.

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2008. Vol. 26, no 7, 683-691 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19397DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2008.07.014PubMedID: 18718519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-19397DiVA: diva2:201776
Available from: 2009-03-05 Created: 2009-03-05 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. On dopamine neurons: nerve fiber outgrowth and L-DOPA effects
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On dopamine neurons: nerve fiber outgrowth and L-DOPA effects
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder mainly characterized by progressive degeneration of dopamine producing neurons in the substantia nigra of the midbrain. The most commonly used treatment strategy is to pharmacologically restore the lost function by the administration of the dopaminergic precursor L-DOPA. Another treatment strategy is to replace the degenerated neurons with immature fetal ventral mesencephalic tissue, or ultimately stem cell-derived tissue. Grafting trials have, however, revealed poor reinnervation capacity of the grafts, leaving much of the striata dopamine-denervated. An additional drawback is the upcoming of dyskinesia (involuntary movements), a phenomenon also observed during L-DOPA treatment of Parkinson’s disease patients. Attempts to characterize nerve fiber formation from dopamine neurons have demonstrated that the nerve fibers are formed in two morphologically diverse outgrowth patterns, one early outgrowth seen in the absence of astrocytes and one later appearing outgrowth seen in co-existence with astrocytes.

The overall objective of this thesis has been to study the dopaminergic outgrowth including guidance of nerve fiber formation, and to look into the mechanisms of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia. The first paper in this thesis characterizes the different outgrowth patterns described above and their relation to different glial cells. The study demonstrated the two different outgrowth patterns to be a general phenomenon, applying not only to dopamine neurons. Attempts of characterization revealed no difference of origin in terms of dopaminergic subpopulations, i.e. A9 or A10, between the outgrowth patterns. Furthermore, the “roller-drum” technique was found optimal for studying the dual outgrowth sequences.

The second and the third paper also utilized the “roller-drum” technique in order to promote both patterns of neuronal fiber formation. The effects of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) on the formation of dopamine nerve fibers, was investigated. Cultures prepared from gdnf knockout mice revealed that dopaminergic neurons survive and form nerve fiber outgrowth in the absence of GDNF. The dopaminergic nerve fibers exhibited an outgrowth pattern consistent with that previous observed in rat. GDNF was found to exert effect on the glial-associated outgrowth whereas the non-glial-associated was not affected. Astrocytic proliferation was inhibited using cytosine β-D-arabinofuranoside, resulting in reduced glial-associated outgrowth. The non-glial-associated dopaminergic outgrowth was on the other hand promoted, and was retained over longer time in culture. Furthermore, the non-glial-associated nerve fibers were found to target the fetal frontal cortex. Different developmental stages were shown to promote and affect the outgrowths differently. Taken together, these data indicate and state the importance of astrocytes and growth factors for neuronal nerve fiber formation and guidance. It also stresses the importance of fetal donor age at the time for transplantation.

The fourth and fifth studies focus on L-DOPA dynamics and utilize in vivo chronoamperometry. In study four, 6-OHDA dopamine-depleted rats were exposed to chronic L-DOPA treatment and then rated as dyskinetic or non-dyskinetic. The electrochemical recordings demonstrated reduced KCl-evoked release in the intact striatum after chronic L-DOPA treatment. Time for maximal dopamine concentration after L-DOPA administration was found to be shorter in dyskinetic animals than in non-dyskinetic animals. The serotonergic nerve fiber content in the striatum was evaluated and brains from dyskinetic animals were found to exhibit significantly higher nerve fiber density compared to non-dyskinetic animals. Furthermore, the mechanisms behind the conversion of L-DOPA to dopamine in 6-OHDA dopamine-depleted rats were studied. Local administration of L-DOPA in the striatum increased the KCl-evoked dopamine release in the intact striatum. Acute application of L-DOPA resulted sometimes in a rapid conversion to dopamine, probably without vesicle packaging. This type of direct conversion is presumably occurring in non-neuronal tissue. Furthermore, KCl-evoked dopamine releases were present upon local application of L-DOPA in the dopamine-depleted striatum, suggesting that the conversion to dopamine took place elsewhere, than in dopaminergic nerve fibers. In conclusion, these studies state the importance of astrocytes for neuronal nerve fiber formation and elucidate the complexity of L-DOPA conversion in the brain.

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Umeå: Integrativ medicinsk biologi, 2008. 73 p.
Series
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1180
Keyword
dopamine, nerve fiber outgrowth, astrocytes, ventral mesencephalon, GDNF, L-DOPA, L-DOPA induced dyskinesia
National Category
Neurosciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1634 (URN)978-91-7264-567-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-05-23, BiA201, Biologihuset, Umeå, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2008-05-02 Created: 2008-05-02 Last updated: 2009-03-16Bibliographically approved
2. From dopamine nerve fiber formation to astrocytes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From dopamine nerve fiber formation to astrocytes
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease and characterized by the loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra in the midbrain. The causes of the disease are still unknown. The most commonly used treatment is administration of L-DOPA, however, another possible treatment strategy is to transplant DA neurons to the striatum of PD patients to substitute the loss of neurons. Clinical trials have demonstrated beneficial effects from transplantation, but one obstacle with the grafting trials has been the variable outcome, where limited graft reinnervation of the host brain is one important issue to solve. To improve and control the graft DA nerve fiber outgrowth organotypic tissue cultures can be utilized. Cultures of fetal ventral mesencephalon (VM) have been used to investigate astrocytic migration and dopamine nerve fiber formations at different time points and under varying conditions to study how to control nerve fiber formation. The early appearing DA nerve fibers as revealed by tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) –immunoreactivity, form their fibers in the absence of glial cell bodies, are not persistent over time, and is called non-glial-associated TH-positive nerve fiber outgrowth. A monolayer of astrocytes guides a second persistent subpopulation of nerve fibers, the glial-associated TH-positive nerve fiber formation. Investigations of the interactions between the astrocytic migration and nerve fiber formations were made. In embryonic (E) day 14 VM cultures the mitosis of the astrocytes was inhibited with the antimitotic agent β-D-arabinofuranoside. The results revealed decreased astrocytic migration, reduced glial-associated TH-positive outgrowth, and enhanced presence of the non-glial-associated TH-positive outgrowth in the cultures. Thus, astrocytes affect both the non-glial- and the glial-associated growths by either its absence or presence, respectively. The astrocytes synthesize proteoglycans. Therefore the nerve fiber formation was studied in VM or spinal cord cultures treated with the proteoglycan blockers chondroitinase ABC (ChABC), which degrades the proteoglycans, or methyl-umbelliferyl-β-D-xyloside (β-xyloside), which blocks the proteoglycan synthesis. β-xyloside inhibited the migration of the astrocytes and the outgrowth of the glial-associated TH-positive nerve fibers in both VM and spinal cord cultures, whereas ChABC treatment had no effect in E14 VM or spinal cord cultures. E18 VM and spinal cord cultures were evaluated to investigate how the different developmental stages influence astrocytes and the two nerve fiber formations after 14 DIV. No nerve fiber formation was found in E18 VM cultures, while the non-glial-associated nerve fiber outgrowth was obvious as long and robust fibers in E18 spinal cord cultures. The astrocytic migration was similar in VM and spinal cord cultures. β-xyloside and ChABC did not affect nerve fiber growth but astrocytic migration in E18 VM cultures, while no effects was found in the spinal cord cultures. However, the neuronal migration found in control cultures was abolished in both VM and spinal cord cultures after both ChABC and β-xyloside. Neuroinflammation plays a critical role in the development of PD. Increased levels of the proinflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) are observed in postmortem PD brains and the levels of TNFα receptors on circulating T-lymphocytes in cerebrospinal fluid of PD patients are increased. The effects of TNFα were studied on E14 VM cultures. The outgrowth of the non-glial-associated TH-positive nerve fibers was inhibited while it stimulated astrocytic migration and glial-associated TH-positive nerve fiber outgrowth at an early treatment time point. Furthermore, blocking the endogenous levels of TNFα resulted in cell death of the TH-positive neurons. Furthermore, cultures of E14 mice with gene deletion for the protein CD47 were investigated. CD47 is expressed in all tissues and serves as a ligand for the signal regulatory protein (SIRP) α, which promotes e.g migration and synaptogenesis. CD47-/- cultures displayed massive and long non-glial-associated TH-positive nerve fiber outgrowth despite a normal astrocytic migration and the presence of glial-associated TH-positive nerve fiber outgrowth. For the first time, it was observed that the non-glial-guided TH-positive nerve fiber outgrowth did not degenerate after 14 DIV. Taken together, there is an interaction between astrocytes and TH-positive nerve fiber formations. Both nerve fiber formations seem to have their task during the development of the DA system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Integrativ medicinsk biologi, 2009. 63 p.
Series
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1257
Keyword
Dopamine, dopaminergic neurons, astroglia
National Category
Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Research subject
Neurology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-20615 (URN)978-91-7264-767-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-04-17, BiA 201, Biologihuset, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2009-03-30 Created: 2009-03-24 Last updated: 2009-03-30Bibliographically approved

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