Neuroprotective effect of rasagiline in
a rodent model of Parkinson's disease

Blandini F, Armentero MT, Fancellu R, Blaugrund E, Nappi G.
Laboratory of Functional Neurochemistry,
Neurological Institute C. Mondino, 27100,
Pavia, Italy.
Exp Neurol. 2004 Jun;187(2):455-9


Sprague-Dawley rats received a unilateral injection of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) into the striatum and were treated daily for 6 weeks with increasing doses of monoamine oxidase type B inhibitor rasagiline [R(+)-N-propargyl-1-aminoindane] or saline (controls). Both doses of rasagiline markedly increased the survival of dopaminergic neurons in the lesioned substantia nigra, compared to controls (+97% and +119%, respectively). Treatment with the lower dose of rasagiline also abolished the motor stereotypies associated with nigrostriatal lesion. Our study supports the neuroprotective potential of chronic rasagiline administration in an experimental model of Parkinson's disease (PD).

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