Uric Acid Enhances Neurogenesis in a Parkinsonian Model by Remodeling Mitochondria

Ji Eun Lee, Yu Jin Shin, Yi Seul Kim, Ha Na Kim, Dong Yeol Kim, Seok Jong Chung, Han Soo Yoo, Jin Young Shin, Phil Hyu Lee

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Background: Adult neurogenesis is the process of generating new neurons to enter neural circuits and differentiate into functional neurons. However, it is significantly reduced in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Uric acid (UA), a natural antioxidant, has neuroprotective properties in patients with PD. This study aimed to investigate whether UA would enhance neurogenesis in PD. Methods: We evaluated whether elevating serum UA levels in a 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced parkinsonian mouse model would restore neurogenesis in the subventricular zone (SVZ). For a cellular model, we primary cultured neural precursor cells (NPCs) from post-natal day 1 rat and evaluated whether UA treatment promoted cell proliferation against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+). Results: Uric acid enhanced neurogenesis in both in vivo and in vitro parkinsonian model. UA-elevating therapy significantly increased the number of bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU)-positive cells in the SVZ of PD animals as compared to PD mice with normal UA levels. In a cellular model, UA treatment increased the expression of Ki-67. In the process of modulating neurogenesis, UA elevation up-regulated the expression of mitochondrial fusion markers. Conclusion: In MPTP-induced parkinsonian model, UA probably enhanced neurogenesis via regulating mitochondrial dynamics, promoting fusion machinery, and inhibiting fission process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number851711
JournalFrontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun 2

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Copyright © 2022 Lee, Shin, Kim, Kim, Kim, Chung, Yoo, Shin and Lee.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ageing
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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