Mar 12, 2020

Pathogenic LRRK2 R1441C mutation is associated with striatal alterations

Harry XeniasLoukia Parisiadou


LRRK2 mutations are associated with both familial and sporadic forms of Parkinsons disease (PD). Convergent evidence suggests that LRRK2 plays critical roles in regulating striatal function. Here, by using knock-in mouse lines that express the two most common LRRK2 pathogenic mutations (G2019S and R1441C) we investigated how pathogenic LRRK2 mutations altered striatal physiology. We found that R1441C mice displayed a reduced nigrostriatal dopamine release and hypoexcitability in indirect-pathway striatal projection neurons. These alterations were associated with impaired striatal-dependent motor learning in the R1441C knock-in mice. In contrast, no detectable alterations were observed in the G2019S knock-in mice. In summary, our data argue that the impact of individual LRRK2 mutations cannot be simply generalized. Our findings have far-reaching implications for devising treatment strategies for PD patients.

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Protein Expression
Corpus Striatum Structure
LRRK2 gene
Mouse Cell Line
Parkinson Disease
Laboratory mice

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