Experimental autoimmune nigral damage in guinea pigs

Weidong Le, Joseph Engelhardt, Wen Jie Xie, Larry Schneider, R. Glenn Smith, Stanley H. Appel

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An animal model of experimental autoimmune nigral damage (EAND) has been developed in guinea pigs by immunization with hybrid dopaminergic cells (MES 23.5). In such animals, loss of 40% of the substantia nigra (SN) neurons and damage to an additional 10% of SN neurons was associated with a 37-43% decrease of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) activity and a 36% decrease of dopamine (DA) content in the nigral-striatum. Eight of the thirteen animals developed significant hypokinesia. The EAND model suggests that degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in SN can be caused by immune-mediated processes, which may help our understanding of the pathogenesis in Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neuroimmunology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1995


  • Autoimmunity
  • Dopaminergic neurons
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Substantia nigra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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