Research Paper Volume 13, Issue 14 pp 19048—19063
Combined treatment with C16 peptide and angiopoietin-1 confers neuroprotection and reduces inflammation in 3-nitropropionic acid-induced dystonia mice
- 1 Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Medical College, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
- 2 Department of Neurology, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Medical College, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
- 3 Department of Electrophysiology, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Medical College, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Received: April 1, 2021 Accepted: July 15, 2021 Published: July 29, 2021https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.203354
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Dystonia is a disorder associated with abnormalities in many brain regions including the basal ganglia and cerebellum. The toxin 3-Nitropropionic acid (3-NP) can induce neuropathologies in the mice striatum and nigra substance, including excitotoxicity, neuroinflammation, and extensive neuronal atrophy, characterized by progressive motor dysfunction, dystonia, and memory loss, mimicking those observed in humans. We established a mouse model of dystonia by administering 3-NP. Given the reported neuroprotective effects of the endothelial growth factor angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) and the anti-inflammatory integrin αvβ3 binding peptide C16, we performed this study to evaluate their combined effects on 3-NP striatal toxicity and their therapeutic potential with multiple methods using an in vivo mouse model. Sixty mice were equally and randomly divided into three groups: control, 3-NP treatment, and 3-NP+C16+Ang-1 treatment. Behavioral and electrophysiological tests were conducted and the effect of the combined C16+Ang-1 treatment on neural function recovery was determined. We found that C16+Ang-1 treatment alleviated 3-NP-induced behavioral, biochemical, and cellular alterations in the central nervous system and promoted function recovery by restoring vascular permeability and reducing inflammation in the micro-environment. In conclusion, our results confirmed the neuroprotective effect of combined C16+Ang-1 treatment and suggest their potential as a complementary therapeutic against 3-NP-induced dystonia.