Six weeks of voluntary exercise don't protect C57BL/6 mice against neurotoxicity of MPTP and MPP+

Aderbal S. Aguiar*, Fabrine Sales Massafera Tristão, Majid Amar, Caroline Chevarin, Viviane Glaser, Roberta De Paula Martins, Eduardo Luiz Gasnhar Moreira, Raymond Mongeau, Laurence Lanfumey, Rita Raisman-Vozari, Alexandra Latini, Rui D S Prediger

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Exercise improves the central nervous system (CNS) functions and is widely recommended for neurological patients with, e.g., Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease (PD). However, exercise-induced neuroprotection is an open discussion. Here, the intranasal administration of the neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6- tetrahydropyridine (MPTP, 65 mg/kg) caused death of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and depletion of dopamine in the striatum of C57BL/6 mice. 1-Methyl-4-phenylpyridinium, the active metabolite of MPTP, also inhibited complex-I activity of mitochondria isolated from the CNS of mice. However, 6 weeks of exercise on voluntary running wheels did not protect against nigrostriatal neurodegeneration or mitochondrial inhibition, suggesting that benefits of exercise for PD may not be associated with neuroprotection. The literature presents other candidates, such as neurotrophins or increased antioxidant defenses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalNeurotoxicity Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • amphetamine
  • dopamine
  • dopamine transporter
  • mitochondria
  • neuroprotection
  • Parkinson's disease


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