Inflammatory Process in Parkinsons Disease: Role for Cytokines

Author(s): T. Nagatsu, M. Sawada

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 11 , Issue 8 , 2005

Become EABM
Become Reviewer
Call for Editor


Parkinsons disease (PD) is a movement disorder caused by degeneration of the nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the resultant deficiency in the neurotransmitter DA at the nerve terminals in the striatum. We and other investigators found increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, interleukin (IL)-1beta, and IL-6, and decreased levels of neurotrophins such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the nigrostriatal region of postmortem brains and/or in the ventricular or lumbar cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from patients with sporadic PD, and in animal models, such as 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1, 2, 3, 6- tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)- and 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced PD. These changes in cytokine and neurotrophin levels may be initiated by activated microglia, which may then promote apoptotic cell death and subsequent phagocytosis of DA neurons. Cytokines as pleiotropic factors, promote signals that either lead to cell death or exert neuroprotective effects. The discovery of toxic changes in trophic microglia by M. Sawada and co-workers is important to this point. Ultimately, microglial cells may regulate cellular changes that cause either harm or benefit by producing cytokines or neurotrophins depending upon the primary cause and the circumstances during the inflammatory process of PD.

Keywords: parkinsons disease, inflammation, microglia, astroglia, cytokines, neurotrophins, apoptosis

Rights & PermissionsPrintExport Cite as

Article Details

Year: 2005
Published on: 01 March, 2012
Page: [999 - 1016]
Pages: 18
DOI: 10.2174/1381612053381620
Price: $65

Article Metrics

PDF: 56