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Glutathione and thioredoxin dependent systems in neurodegenerative disease: What can be learned from reverse genetics in mice.

Neurochem. Int. 62, 738-749 (2013)
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Oxidative stress is a major common hallmark of many neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and stroke. Novel concepts in our understanding of oxidative stress indicate that a perturbed redox circuitry could be strongly linked with the onset of such diseases. In this respect, glutathione and thioredoxin dependent antioxidant enzymes play a central role as key regulators due to the fact that a slight dysfunction of any of these enzymes leads to sustained reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Apart from their classical role as ROS scavengers, some of these enzymes are also able to control post-translational modifications. Therefore, efficient control of ROS production and reversibility of post-translational modifications are critical as improper control of such events may lead to the activation of pathological redox circuits that eventually culminate in neuronal cell death. To dissect the apparently opposing functions of ROS in cell physiology and pathophysiology, a proper working toolkit is mandatory. In vivo modeling is an absolute requirement due to the complexity of redox signaling systems that often contradict data obtained from in vitro approaches. Hence, inducible/conditional knockout mouse models for key redox enzymes are emerging as powerful tools to perturb redox circuitries in a temporal and spatial manner. In this review we address the basics of ROS generation, chemistry and detoxification as well as examples in where applications of mouse models of important enzymes have been successfully applied in the study of neurodegenerative processes. We also highlight the importance of new models to overcome present technical limitations in order to advance in the study of redox processes in the role of neurodegeneration.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Review
Schlagwörter Neurodegeneration; Oxidative stres; Thiols; Glutathione; Thioredoxin; Knockout; Manganese Superoxide-dismutase ; Induced Oxidative Stress ; Ischemia-reperfusion Injury ; Oxyr Transcription Factor ; Early Embryonic Lethality ; Disulfide Bond Formation ; Nonapoptotic Cell-death ; Knockout Mice ; Hydrogen-peroxide ; Selenoprotein-p
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0197-0186
Quellenangaben Band: 62, Heft: 5, Seiten: 738-749 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Elsevier
Verlagsort Amsterdam
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed