Nov 5, 2004

Vigilance states in a parkinsonian model, the MPTP mouse

The European Journal of Neuroscience
Christelle MonacaPhilippe Derambure


Sleep disturbances and vigilance disorders are frequently observed in Parkinson's disease. Despite the fact that the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) mouse is one of the best-known animal models of Parkinson's disease, sleep analysis has never previously been performed in this system. In the present study, we explored sleep-wakefulness cycles in MPTP-treated mice and compared the results to data from untreated mice. MPTP (25 mg/kg) was injected daily for 5 days. After recovery, polysomnography was recorded over 48 h. Dopaminergic lesions of the substantia nigra and striata were evaluated using immunohistochemical markers. Immunohistochemical analysis showed a loss of dopaminergic neurons in MPTP mice. Compared with controls, MPTP-treated mice presented changes in sleep architecture throughout the nycthemeral period, with longer wakefulness and paradoxical sleep episodes and an increase in the amount of paradoxical sleep. We observed changes in sleep architecture in MPTP-treated mice, compared with saline-treated mice. MPTP mice show more consolidated vigilance states with higher amount of paradoxical sleep than controls. Although the MPTP-treated mouse is not a good model of sleep disturbances in PD, our resu...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Vigilance, Cortical
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythm
Substantia Nigra Structure
Neural Pathways
Entire Substantia Nigra
Parkinson Disease
Sleep, REM

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