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Open Access Mild Cerebellar Neurodegeneration of Aged Heterozygous PCD Mice Increases Cell Fusion of Purkinje and Bone Marrow-Derived Cells

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Bone marrow-derived cells have different plastic properties, especially regarding cell fusion, which increases with time and is prompted by tissue injury. Several recessive mutations, including Purkinje Cell Degeneration, affect the number of Purkinje cells in homozygosis; heterozygous young animals have an apparently normal phenotype but they undergo Purkinje cell loss as they age. Our findings demonstrate that heterozygous pcd mice undergo Purkinje cell loss at postnatal day 300, this slow but steadily progressing cell death starting sooner than has been reported previously and without massive reactive gliosis or inflammation. Here, transplantation of bone marrow stem cells was performed to assess the arrival of bone marrow-derived cells in the cerebellum in these heterozygous mice. Our results reveal that a higher number of cell fusion events occurs in heterozygous animals than in the controls, on days 150 and 300 postnatally. In sum, this study indicates that mild cell death promotes the fusion of bone marrow-derived cells with surviving Purkinje neurons. This phenomenon suggests new therapies for long-lasting neurodegenerative disorders.

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Keywords: Cell fusion; Cerebellum; Neurorepair; Purkinje cell degeneration; Purkinje cells; Transplant

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Laboratory of Neuronal Plasticity and Neurorepair, Institute for Neuroscience of Castile and León and Institute of Biomedical Research of Salamanca, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

Publication date: 2012-07-01

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