Xenogeneic dopaminergic grafts reverse behavioral deficits induced by 6-OHDA in rodents: Effect of 15-deoxyspergualin treatment

Jiawei Zhou, Isao Date, Kyoji Sakai, Yusuke Yoshimoto, Tomohisa Furuta, Shoji Asari, Takashi Ohmoto

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Foetal rat mesencephalic dopamine-containing tissue was transplanted into the lateral ventricle of mice previously subjected to a 6-OHDA lesion of dopaminergic nerve terminals in the corpus striatum. The graft recipients were immunosuppressed by subcutaneous injections of 15-deoxy-spergualin (DSG). Four weeks postgrafting, all DSG-treated mice showed partial or complete functional compensation in amphetamine-induced motor asymmetry. The immunohistochemical staining of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) revealed large numbers of surviving dopamine neurons and abundant fibers in the grafted animals. In contrast, all grafts in non-DSG-treated animals were rejected and functional compensation was lacking. It is concluded that DSG treatment promotes xenogeneic intracerebral graft survival, recovery of function and reduce the histological sign of rejection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 26 1993



  • 15-Deoxyspergualin
  • Dopamine
  • Immunosuppressant
  • Neural transplantation
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Rodent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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