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Increased precursor cell proliferation after deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease: a human study

Vedam-Mai, Vinata, Gardner, Bronwen, Okun, Michael S., Siebzehnrubl, Florian ORCID:, Kam, Monica, Aponso, Palingu, Steindler, Dennis A., Yachnis, Anthony T., Neal, Dan, Oliver, Brittany U., Rath, Sean J., Faull, Richard L. M., Reynolds, Brent A. and Curtis, Maurice A. 2014. Increased precursor cell proliferation after deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease: a human study. PLoS ONE 9 (3) , e88770. 10.1371/journal.pone.0088770

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Objective Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used for more than a decade to treat Parkinson's disease (PD); however, its mechanism of action remains unknown. Given the close proximity of the electrode trajectory to areas of the brain known as the “germinal niches,” we sought to explore the possibility that DBS influences neural stem cell proliferation locally, as well as more distantly. Methods We studied the brains of a total of 12 idiopathic Parkinson's disease patients that were treated with DBS (the electrode placement occurred 0.5–6 years before death), and who subsequently died of unrelated illnesses. These were compared to the brains of 10 control individuals without CNS disease, and those of 5 PD patients with no DBS. Results Immunohistochemical analyses of the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral ventricles, the third ventricle lining, and the tissue surrounding the DBS lead revealed significantly greater numbers of proliferating cells expressing markers of the cell cycle, plasticity, and neural precursor cells in PD-DBS tissue compared with both normal brain tissue and tissue from PD patients not treated with DBS. The level of cell proliferation in the SVZ in PD-DBS brains was 2–6 fold greater than that in normal and untreated PD brains. Conclusions Our data suggest that DBS is capable of increasing cellular plasticity in the brain, and we hypothesize that it may have more widespread effects beyond the electrode location. It is unclear whether these effects of DBS have any symptomatic or other beneficial influences on PD.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute (ECSCRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brain; brain diseases; caudate nucleus; deep-brain stimulation; electrical stimulation; gene expression; Parkinson disease; precursor cells.
Publisher: Public Library of Science
ISSN: 1932-6203
Funders: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute on Aging, Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, UF Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 15 January 2014
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 22:54

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